A new co-operation between the Roskilde Festival and the voluntary food waste movement Stop Spild Af Mad (Stop Wasting Food) is expected to save 30 tonnes of food from been wasted during the music festival this year.
The project depends on the collection of excess food from the festival’s food booths, which is then handed over to homeless shelters, crisis centres and asylum centres in Zealand.
“Stop Spild Af Mad has years of experience distributing tonnes of good food valued at several million kroner to the homeless and socially vulnerable,” Selina Juul, the founder of Stop Spild Af Mad, said according to Jyllands-Posten newspaper.
“The partnership allows us to focus massively on food waste and transform belief into action.”
A good start
Three types of food will be collected and handed out: non-prepared raw goods that beneficiaries can cook themselves; cooked dishes that will be packed and handed over to shelters; and excess food that 70 volunteers will prepare, pack, freeze and eventually hand out in the months following the festival.
Roskilde Festival, which has been running food waste reduction initiatives for the past eight years, applauded the initiative.
Stop Spild Af Mad’s goal, meanwhile, is to establish an organisation that goes to festivals, sporting tournaments and other events where food waste is considerable.
“It’s tough for the food booths at large events to estimate their sales correctly,” Juul said. “So we want to help them collect and distribute the excess food to the nation’s homeless and socially vulnerable.”