Recovery of safe and nutritious food for human consumption
Recovery of safe and nutritious food for human consumption is to receive, with or without payment, food (processed, semi-processed or raw) which would otherwise be discarded or wasted from the agricultural, livestock, forestry and fisheries supply chains of the food system. Redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption is to store or process and then distribute the received food pursuant to appropriate safety, quality and regulatory frameworks directly or through intermediaries, and with or without payment, to those having access to it for food intake. (FAO, 2015)
Country level guidance - selected information
Current forms of recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food involve a variety of stakeholders in a diverse mix of initiatives, such as: gleaning networks, food banks (warehouse, direct service, virtual, mixed form), social supermarkets and community shops, food pantries, soup kitchens and community/charitable programmes, shelters, mixed form of social protection programmes that provides food, directly or indirectly, among other services.
Countries around the world have initiated addressing the area of recovery and redistribution of safe and nutritious food for human consumption through, among other, developing guidance on the implementation of such actions.
Food Banks updated law 2020. Brazil (Portuguese)
Consume food wisely campaign - in English (Tarbi toitu targalt – in Estonian)
Foodstuffs donated to food aid. Food safety agency (EVIRA). 2013. Finland (Finnish)
Guidelines for the donation of food to social welfare organisations. Legal aspects. Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. 2012. Germany (German)
Food donation guidelines. Reggio Emilia Region. 2015. Italy (Italian)
Manual of good practices. For charitable organizations. Caritas Italiana and Fondazione Banco Alimentare. 2015 (Italian, and ENGLISH version)
Second Harvest Japan. 2015. Japan (English and Japanese)
Manzer Partazer is the first food sharing project in Mauritius. 2015. Mauritius. Video describing the initiative (English)
Food donation guidelines for charities and voluntary organisations. Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. 2006. The Netherlands
Guide to good hygiene practices for food waste reduction in restaurants and retail trade, Catalan Food Safety Agency (Agència Catalana de Seguretat Alimentària). 2013. (Catalan and Spanish).
U.S. 2030 Food Loss and Waste Reduction Goal
Measuring the Success of the Goal
How Can You Take Action? Individuals, Business and Organizations (Food recovery challenge, U.S. Food Waste Challenge), Faith Organizations