- Taste Before You waste
- Start Date
- Jan. 2, 2017
- End Date
- June 30, 2017
Who are we?
Taste Before You Waste is an initiative focused on the prevention of food waste that was founded in Amsterdam in November 2012. By picking up surplus food and using these goodies as inspiration and fuel for all our activities, ranging from Free Food Markets, Community Dinners and Educational Workshops to Event Caterings, Presentations and Donations to Charities we aim to raise awareness about the enormous amount of food that is thrown away and educate people about what they can do to prevent this from happening. Serving consciousness on a platter is how we plan to revolutionize the food system, one neighbourhood at a time!
What problem do we see?
Our food system is currently failing. At every step along the food supply chain, from agricultural production to household consumption, perfectly edible food is discarded unnecessarily, mounting to a total of 40% percent of all food produced for human consumption. Apart from the wastage of the food itself, scarce resources are exploited in an unsustainable manner, causing water shortages, soil degradation, deforestation, declining fish stocks, greenhouse gas and methane emissions.
At the same time, we are faced with the challenge of sustainably feeding an ever-growing world population that is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 and over 800 million people worldwide are already living in hunger. Therefore, a wasteful food system is both environmentally irresponsible and socially unacceptable.
With 38 % of all food waste in the Netherlands coming from individuals, it is clear to us that this is largely a civic problem in need of a bottom-up solution. So, let’s not hang around! We, as consumers, have the power to push for structural change and eliminate a large amount of food waste if we own up to our responsibilities.
What do we envision?
By raising awareness and empowering citizens, Taste Before You Waste contributes to a social movement that pushes for a fairer and more sustainable food system. One that promotes a society in which food is highly valued, a society in which our perception is brought back to the understanding that food is the very basis of life.
TBYW saves surplus food from going to waste from local grocery shops (6 times a week) and from producers (on an irregular basis). This food gives us the fuel and inspiration for all our activities, which are:
Donations to Charities: TBYW donates rescued food at least three times a week to several charities in Amsterdam. By supplying them with food donations, those who work for a better world or those who may usually go hungry are able to eat healthily and for free.
Free-Food Markets: We find that giving away food for free invites people into a conversation about food waste.
No-Waste Community Dinners: Once a week we organise a dinner at which we serve healthy, delicious, vegetarian dinners made out of local food that would otherwise be wasted.
Catering Events: Whether at a casual lunch or a gala dinner, we always use the opportunity to share our story with the participants. We always aim to surprise the customer with creative presentation and delicious food.
Educational Workshops: Workshops are important tools that not only heighten consciousness on food waste, but share skills that teach participants how to practice food conservation in the kitchen at home.
Presentations: Whether in a pitch, short talk or full length lecture, Luana Carretto, TBYW’s founder, is an inspirational speaker on topics such as food waste, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, activism and how to motivate volunteers or society at large.
We are looking for:
Someone to join our team, who is passionate about our cause and has just the right experience and personality to represent us at our Food Give-away Markets.
About the Food Give-away Markets:
Giving away food for free is a powerful way to engage in a conversation about food waste, as the curiosity usually originates from the visitors when being offered perfectly good food for free. Whereas facts and figures on a global scale can seem distant and abstract, being confronted with the waste from a familiar street on any given day, brings the problem close to home. TBYW uses this method to trigger a realisation in the general public, which will stay with them at least as long as they have and use the fruits, vegetables and bread from the market in house.
What you will do:
- select food to be handed out
- organise and host the weekly markets
- communicate TBYW's cause to the visitors
- coordinate and communicate with a team of volunteers
- promote each weekly market on social media accounts
- reflect on every session and improve concept accordingly
If you consider yourself a proactive, responsible,andcommitted individual who lovesfoodandhates waste – we want to work with you! Send an email with your CV and motivation letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Excellent command of English is required, proficiency in Dutch is very useful for communication with the public, but not necessary.
- Strong communication skills
- Engaging presentation style
- Basic photography skills
- Passion for food
- Contact Person
- Luana Caretto
- Taste Before You waste