The ‘Restjesredders’ project tackles food waste in the Flemish region of Meetjesland. “Restjesredders” is Flemish for “Wastesavers”. The wastesavers organise several rescue operations in the region:
On farmer’s fields: people from Meetjesland collect leftover crops (gleaning). Their harvest is donated to the food bank or is used to host charity dinners.
At home: inhabitants from Meetjesland bring their leftover food to a Food Exchange Café. There they exchange it for some other delicious food and learn tips & tricks to reduce food waste at home.
At school: pupils, teachers and kitchen staff investigate food waste at school and in the food chain. Through workshops, a measurement week and an innovation day, they become aware of the problem and find solutions to it.
Role of FoodWIN
- is co-promotor and co-creator of the project,
- supports Natuurpunt Meetjesland and partners for the gleaning and Food Exchange Café’s,
- coaches schools during the measurement process and the innovation day.