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|Slogan(s)||Share food instead of wasting it|
|Registration||Optional, but required for participants|
|Launched||12 December 2012|
foodsharing.de is an online platform that saves and distributes surplus food in Germany and Austria. It is managed by the Foodsharing association (foodsharing e.V.) and was founded on December 12, 2012. On foodsharing.de individuals, retailers and producers can offer or collect food that would otherwise be thrown away. This service is completely free, and functions thanks to volunteer work. The projects' goal is to fight everyday food waste and to raise awareness about this problem in society.
The original idea to create a platform against food waste arose between Valentin Thurn, director of the film Taste the Waste, and Sebastian Engbrocks, supervisor of the film’s social media campaign, in the summer of 2011. In early 2012 the design students Thomas Gerling and Christian Zehnter, and television journalist Ines Rainer, independently came up with a similar idea. The joint project is the result of the collaboration of all these individuals. From April to July 2012 they raised the necessary starting capital through crowdfunding via Startnext.de. The goal was to collect 10.000 EUR and in the end 11.594 EUR was received from 394 supporters.
On November 16 the platform entered beta phase and launched on December 12, 2012. A relaunch on May 12, 2013 equipped it with a revised design and new search options. In May 2013 it was also launched in Austria, initially under the name myfoodsharing.at, and is now merged with the German platform. As of February 2014 the German foodsharing.de has attracted close to 35.000 active users. It won the Greentec Award in the communication category on July 10, 2013.
In December 2014, foodsharing.de and lebensmittelretten.de, a web site founded by Raphael Fellmer and Raphael Wintrich, merged their operations. The functionality for sharing food with other individuals was taken from foodsharing.de, while the collaborations with shops and supermarkets was taken from lebensmittelretten.de.
foodsharing.de enables individuals to share food, whilst also allowing volunteers to pick up food from businesses to distribute it through public storage places. Since most supermarkets are organized as chains and therefore each branch has to follow standardized rules and regulations, the management is contacted directly. This results in regional and sometimes even national collaborations, e.g. with Bio Company. There are also many local co-operations with single supermarkets or bakeries, which are often started independently by members of the community.
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