Feedtruck Belgium, the inclusive and sustainable food truck
Posted on November, 9th 2017.
In Brussels, volunteers cook balanced meals for the homeless using unsold food.Beetroot salad with olive oil and lemon, vegetable pasta and roast chicken, fruit salad with fresh mint... This is the menu of the day that Feedtruck Belgium served to the homeless people staying at the Pierre d'Angle hostel in Brussels one evening in June.
The initiative, launched in December 2016, is based on two observations: the Belgians throw away large quantities of food while many of their fellow citizens do not have enough to eat. According to the statistics published by the European Parliament in May 2017, Belgium is the second largest food waste country in Europe, with 345 kg of spoiled food per person each year.
Feedtruck Belgium collects unsold food, cooks it, and serves it to the homeless in a brand-new truck. This social project, led by five young people, is based on the participation of dozens of volunteers and partnerships with associations working with poor populations, such as the Samu social or La Strada (Support Centre for the Brussels Homeless Sector).
Riding on the fashion of food trucks, these street restaurants with a kitchen, which offer a wide range of products in different parts of the city to help the poorest people living there, actually originated in Brazil, where the first Feed Truck began travelling the streets of Rio de Janeiro in 2015. The Brazilian Feed Truck, created at the initiative of Make Them Smile and the Africa Rio Agency, has already distributed several thousand meals in a country where 5% of the population is undernourished (i.e. more than ten million Brazilians) and where forty tons of food are thrown away every day.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), about 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year worldwide, accounting for one-third of the food produced for consumption.