The first international cooperation project between foodsharing Luxembourg and the foodsharing Academy in Germany has been running since the beginning of this year. With the help of funding from the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, the cooperation and exchange between the two food sharing networks in Luxembourg and Germany are to be expanded, the capacities of the partner organisation strengthened, and the implementation of educational activities in Luxembourg promoted. At the same time, both organisations can benefit from each other’s experiences and strengthen the international exchange in the fight against food waste. In the summer of 2022, the knowledge gained will be passed on in the form of a multiplier training course in Luxembourg where multipliers will be trained to implement educational activities.
Together with the Earthship project of CELL, we would like to implement joint educational projects. In mid-March, our project team visited the Earthship and its crew for the first time and received an impressive tour of the (not yet completely finished) building. The Earthship is built entirely from sustainable and recycled materials and aims to produce the human needs of light, heat, water and food in a self-sufficient and cycle-oriented way. A flagship for sustainable building and living!
Here at the Erdschiff, a wide range of educational programmes take place on the topic of sustainability and circular economy – and soon also on food waste and food appreciation. We are happy about the starting cooperation with this great project!
In June, we would like to hold our first educational seminar in Luxembourg. This will be aimed at teachers who can have the seminar hours recognised by the Institut de la Formation Education Nationale as further training hours. On the other hand, in the second part of the seminar, the Luxembourgish food sharers and all those who are interested in this topic would be addressed. For this, we need your input: what would you like to learn more about? What are the topics relating to foodsharing that interest you? Where could you use support from experienced coaches or team members?
If you have topics that interest you, would like to learn more about this project or would like to participate yourself – please write to our project coordinator Taalke Wolf: email@example.com
The Foodsharing Point Lintgen had a group of 13 people come and visit on a bike tour ( with velosophiehttps://velosophie.lu/de/) as part of their annual outing with etika -a non-profit association founded in 1996 who aims to promote alternative finance and thus support the transformation towards a more sustainable world – https://etika.lu/ . Their focus this year was food waste and so they came to visit our FP to learn more about FSL and how they can take part in reducing food waste. It was a glorious morning, the sun was shining and it was a success for everyone involved. After some ‘saved food’ refreshments and stocking up from the fridge in the FP for their picnic lunch, they cycled off to Kass Haff and Naturata.
On Thursday 3 March 2022, Foodsharing Luxembourg received a donation of €5,000 from the Rotary Club Junglinster-Syrdall and the Rotary Club Schengen/Mondorf at the Belenhaff in Junglinster. After a presentation of our association and our activities, we were able to receive this check which will be used in the procurement of professional refrigeration equipment for our Distribution Days in order to be able to meet even more the requirements of food safety.
Yesterday, Foodsharing Luxembourg received a trophy for its project submitted in 2020 at the European Solidarity Corps. This EU funding program for the duration of one year enabled us to solidify our foundation and to extend our activities, with for example the Distribution Days. A big thank you to the national EU agency Anefore for their support.
On December 1st, the Foodsharing Point in Lintgen revealed their Advent Window. The event was organised by the commune of Lintgen over the 24 days of Advent.
The window decorations were lovingly crafted by local children and all the lights and Christmas decorations were donated to us by SIVEC recycling centre.
The event was a team effort, and everyone had an enjoyable evening sharing saved food and drinking warm spiced apple juice made with local fruit!
It was a special occasion to connect with people from the village. It gave us the opportunity to explain and demonstrate how the Foodsharing Point works, discuss some common misconceptions, and spread the message to help fight food waste in Luxembourg.
Come to see our Advent Window – our window is lit up every night from 18:00 to 21:00 and you can also visit the Foodsharing Point.
“Take what you need, share what you can, fighting food waste together!”
Thank you, from the Foodsharing Point team Lintgen
Thank you to Tageblatt for this lively article about our Distribution Days in Junglinster. Without our committed members of Foodsharing Luxembourg and the support of the commune of Junglinster, these would not have been possible.
United Against Food Waste: Making sure food ends up in people’s stomachs
Foodsharing Luxembourg participated at the European Youth Event (EYE) at the European Parliament in Strasbourg with thousands of young people from all over the European Union and beyond with a workshop where participants came up with ideas on how to tackle food loss and food waste.
Thank you! That is what “United Against Food Waste” stands for!
Our workshop took place on Saturday, October 9, 2021, from 14:00 to 15:00
Results from the workshop
We divided up the workshop participants into 5 groups. Each group was dealing with one of the following topics: food loss, food service, retail, household. Only the last topic – household – was treated by two groups as we had to split it up due the huge interest. Here the top 3 political demands of each group are listed.
Increase youth education about how to value food, how to prevent food waste and how to reduce wasteful tendencies
Optimise food production with scientifically proven solutions
Open more channels for redistribution, e.g. special stores for overproduction or for unconventional looking vegetables
Make food waste visible by forcing food services to publish their food waste production and to quantify the GHG emissions of their food offered
Make donating unsold surplus mandatory and fund organisations that work with food leftovers
Include food waste solutions in climate policies
Simplify the expiration law and ban throwing away food
Remove all legal barriers to sell expired but still edible food and fund stores that do sell them
Force retail businesses to inform their customers about their food waste
Make consumers reflect on their consumption
Support consumers by instructing them on how to prepare and conserve food at home
Introduce food waste regulations for stores selling food
Educate consumers about food waste
Make consumers aware of secondary uses
Introduce penalties for food being wasted
We will continue to work with these and all the other ideas for political demands in our upcoming political work activities. Stay tuned!
Thanks to all the workshop’s organisers, facilitators and participants!