Worldwide 1/3 of the food is wasted. In the EU individuals represent 53 % in volume and 74 % in value of food waste100 Billions €.In France, food waste of individuals represents 20 kg/inhabitants/year for a value of 400 €/household). Private actors which tried to address the consumer to consumer segment of the food waste “market” have stopped after some time (because no business model).
Food insecurity affects 8 M people in France (always growing), especially students (28 % of them) and migrants/refugees. According to polls many people would like to be generous or help with food (that might be wasted or just for solidarity) but don’t know how to donate food to those in need of better food (especially fruits and veggies). A lot never give food because they don’t know how to do it, and many are waited for a digital tool to donate food for solidarity. Very often in cities people who have too much food or waste a lot or want to be generous with food donation are living very close to others in need of good food. Sometimes in the same street if not in the same building!
The digital platform HopHopFood is available on all devices for free since December 2017. Through geolocalisation it allows food donations between individuals in neighbourhoods.
But using a digital tool is not enough for our association. We want to reduce food insecurity of fragile population via food donation of citizens who want to share their solidarity with poor students or migrants, inter alia.
This is why we began 2 pilot projects in the Paris region (Ile-de-France).
Since September 2017 we are cocreating and carrying out the first 2 pilot projects with their beneficiaries: with and for migrant women in Paris 11 (Palais de la Femme / 600 women migrants in food insecurity); with and for students in Sceaux (10.000 students in a wealthy city 6 km south of Paris). We co-create the pilot with the beneficiaries, supported by city of Paris (Participatory budgeting), city of Sceaux, Ile-de-France Region, Institut Randstad and the biggest French Mutual company, MGEN-Groupe Vyv. In terms of methodology/impact measurement, we are supported by la Fabrique des Territoires Innovants (FTI), a think-do tank supported by MGEN.
First assessment of results will be available by April 2018 and we want to add 2 more pilot projects in 2018. With MGEN, we have already chosen Strasbourg as a 3rd pilot area. We could consider Angers as a 4th one since the city/agglomeration has a strong appeal: 275.000 inhabitants (bigger than Sceaux, smaller than Strasbourg), 48.000 students (statistically 25 % are in food insecurity) and migrants (especially from Mali).
In Angers, we will use the same methodology developed in Sceaux: global information about the platform; co-creation with beneficiaries of areas/solutions/collect points to reduce food insecurity, FTI methodology to assess/measure first impact, etc.