Where is the RE-FOOD site?
It’s a good question and the answer (like everything) is in both TIME and SPACE.
This is the correct SPACE: www.re-food.org.
The correct TIME is the 8th of December 2014 – THE 1st ANNUAL REFOOD NATIONAL CONVENTION!
Yes, it’s true, after a little more than three and a half years of intensive work the Re-food Project will finally have an Internet Site.
That intensive work has included the rescue and delivery of over 300.000 meals – perfectly good food previously condemned to be trashed – food that, instead has been redirected to feed thousands of perfectly good people in need.
That work has also included sharing the tools and know-how – developed initially in the urban community of “Nossa Senhora de Fátima” in Lisbon, Portugal – with many other groups of citizens equally interested in ending both food waste and hunger in their local communities.
Currently (as of October, 2014), there are six local, community based Re-food Cells operating in and around Lisbon (in Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Telheiras, Estrela, Lumiar, Alfragide and, since Saturday the 25th of October, Olivais).
Together these local teams of citizens are rescuing more than 20.000 meals a month at a real cost of less than 10 cents a meal (of course we do not charge for our service, but we run a high production/low cost operation and we must know our true costs).
The project model is both efficacious and efficient, activating community resources that were previously not being used to serve the community and applying them in an innovative and user-friendly form that is both rewarding for those who participate and essential for those who are being served.
Currently, in Lisbon, 7 other teams are preparing to begin serving their local communities before the end of 2014 (or in early 2015). They are: São Sebastião da Pedreira, Carnide, Belém, Alcântara, Parque das Nações, Misericórdia and Santo António. Outside of the capital many other teams are working… among them the Foz do Douro team, in Porto, and the Cascais team, near Lisbon, will be the first to begin serving their communities – also before the end of 2014. Teams in Braga, Covilhã, Alcobaça and Fundão will begin serving their local communities early in 2015.
Others teams are working to open in 2015 including: in Lisbon – Santa Clara, São Domingos de Benfica, Benfica, Campo de Ourique, Alvalade and Areeiro; near Lisbon – Almada, Rio de Mouro, Cascais CPR; and outside of Lisbon – Leiria, Gaia, Cedofeita, Guarda, Almancil, Algoz, Quarteira, Albufeira and Faro.
New teams are forming in many other communities, like: Odivelas, Oeiras, Mafra, Montijo, Setúbal, Évora, Silves, Portalegre, Abrantes, Tomar, Torres Vedras, Coimbra, Vila Real, Aveiras, Vila Nova de Famalicão, São João da Madeira, Valongo, Guimarães and Viana do Castelo (among many others).
Internationally, teams are forming in Barcelona, Madrid, Milan, London and Buenos Aires. Our experience has also inspired other projects in Amsterdam (BuurtBuik) and throughout India (The Robin Hood Army).