Re-food works differently from other food rescue operations and differently from other social movements.
Innovations in Food Rescue:
Our most important innovation is our micro local approach – each Re-food Center is focused on serving their own local community. This can perhaps seem like a banal point, but this single fact creates the conditions for a wide range of benefits that are generated as a direct result of the micro local focus:
- Eliminating Food Waste: It is only in the context of a micro local environment that the possibility of ending food waste can be considered (macro urban food rescue operations necessarily focus on large donors and necessarily exclude large numbers of small and medium donors) while the micro local model includes all food sources within the delineated territory.
- Ending Hunger: In the context of the macro urban environment, large rescue operations deliver their rescued food to institutions already serving a fixed clientele whereas in the micro local environment model, those individuals and families not being supported by other institutions are the first to receive food assistance.
- Building Community Solidarity: Only concerted, shared activity that endures over time, can build community solidarity – this is the strong point in the Re-food model and cannot be attained through a macro urban operation.
This fundamental difference – the micro local focus - enables us to attain our threefold mission every day: to truly end food waste and hunger while involving the whole community in our work.
The Re-food Movement’s neighborhood focus enables many different members of the local community come together and change the world around them.
A Singular Movement
The Re-food Movement is a 100% Volunteer, it is a 100% citizen run independent Charity, it is it does not asks for money or do fund raising, it sells nothing, it holds no property and detains nothing that does not serve its mission.
It´s action in the community is focused on inclusion and invitation – all are invited, none are excluded. Volunteers are invited to donate two hours, once a week, while public and private institutions are invited to participate in any way that they see fit.
Good will alone drives the Re-food Movement.