The Solidarity Fridge is a grassroots, open and collaborative project aimed at reducing food waste occurring at households, supermarkets, restaurants, events, etc. Our mission is to facilitate a sharing and collaborative culture by creating a physical and digital infrastructure (with public food sharing points and a digital platform) to prevent good food from ending up at the trash bin. We reduce food waste by helping and empowering those who cannot afford it and those who just cannot stand seeing the waste happening and want to contribute to a more sustainable society. Society’s food surplus is for everyone to share!
How does it work?
An open fridge or pantry is a point of redistribution, where food from individuals or a grocery store can be stored temporarily until it finds its way to someone’s stomach, instead of just being thrown away. These redistribution points are open to the public, to anyone who wants to either leave or take food from it, with no money or reciprocity required. Cooperating partners, such as supermarkets, bakeries, restaurants etc., can also donate food to the fridge/pantry, picked up on a regular basis by foodsavers. It’s up to us (including you, if you wish!) to take on the roles of saving donated food, being an ambassador to find more partnerships or to inaugurate fridges in different neighborhoods, etc.
Solikyl is inspired by the Foodsharing movement in Germany, where the idea was born and was quickly spread across cities in Germany, as well as in other German-speaking countries. Fridges and pantries can be found in different neighborhoods in big cities and the movement itself is comprised of almost 20000 engaged people and more than 2900 partners.