De Voedselkringloop is a project of De KasKantine which aims to reduce food waste. We focus on saving primarily fruits, vegetables, bread and dry products. The project is 100% run by volunteers. Our Food savers pick up food that otherwise would have been thrown away, sort it out and present it in our ‘shops’ which are open to anyone who is interested.
Shop Handbalstraat For our shop at the Handbalstraat (located in the backyard of Startblok Riekerhaven, the neighbouring complex of De KasKantine) we make use of a 20 ft shipping container that was refurbished by our volunteers for this and has also been equipped with an insulating green roof. Opening hours: Every Friday from 17.00 to 18.00.
Shop Het Anker A ‘smaller sister’ of De Voedselkringloop is found at Huis van de Wijk Het Anker located on the Jacques Veltmanstraat 427. Every Thursday volunteers of Het Anker help with sorting the picked up food, transporting it to the community center and displaying it in De Voedselkringloop-fridge and the market table next to the front door of Het Anker. By opening this second shop we are able to reach a wider audience and redistribute the saved foods more efficiently. Opening hours: Every Thursday from 14.00 to 17.00.
A shipping container made as a food distribution place
Kaskantine's approach to food waste
The broader aim of the project is to contribute to the emergence of circular economies within neighborhoods, and to make citizens “future proof” by closing resource loops. In the EU, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated annually with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros (FUSIONS, 2016), about 30% of the originally produced food. Wasting food is not only an ethical and economic issue but it also depletes the environment of limited natural resources. Reducing food waste helps to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and, on top of that, it enables us to:
support the fight against climate change (food waste alone generates about 8% of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions)
save nutritious food for redistribution to those in need, helping to eradicate hunger and malnutrition (some 43 million people in the EU cannot afford a quality meal every second day)
save money for farmers, companies and households.
New food partners We would very much like to include more companies from the neighbourhood (supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, etc.) into the project, as we believe that a small scale, local and community-based redistribution of surplus food is the best solution to food waste. Especially for fresh products, that are only still consumable for a few days, a local approach can be the most efficient. If you are a shop owner, please consider to become a partner of De Voedselkringloop and share your food waste (fruits, vegetables, bread or dry products) with us. For more information: email@example.com
Volunteering We are always looking for more Food Savers! Without our volunteers the project would just be another great but vain idea. The more volunteers, the more food we can actually save.
We have been active since May 2018. Do you want to read more about our starting period? Read this article in Het Parool, or this one in De Westkrant!
You want to become a food waste saver? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org