On the 31st of January, EIT Food, Sense, Rikolto, Special Fruit, Growzer and Groothandel Claessens launched a pilot project for soup at school, with the support of the city of Antwerp in Belgium. With this project, students from De Spectrumschool in Deurne and the two school establishments of the Instituut Maris Stella – Sint-Agnes (IMS) can enjoy tasty soup twice a week. “It’s a win-win scenario: our pupils get healthy food at a reasonable price, and at the same time we save food from the waste mountain”, says Dimitri Meurrens, headteacher of the IMS.
In our current food system, an estimated 30-40% of food goes to waste. Some of it is perfectly edible. So why waste food because it is not the right colour or shape, or is close to its expiry date? In response to this food waste, EIT Food and hospitality management software company Growzer launched the Get Wasted platform to give this food a new purpose.
The online circular marketplace allows wholesalers to offer residual flows of vegetables at attractive prices to the social economy, who in turn process them into soups that are then delivered to schools and retirement homes, for example.