Donating Food Saves The Climate

Every year, 4,000 tons of cooked meals are thrown away in Czech canteens and fast foods. By donating excess portions, we will help mothers with children, seniors and others for whom hot food is not a matter of course. Using surplus, we will avoid wasting food and reduce its impact on the environment.
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Our goal

We want to create a clear interpretation of the rules for donating cooked meals and simplify the whole process. Non-served portions that are thrown away in canteens after the end of opening hours can feed a lot of people in need. In addition, the donation of these portions uses the energy and money that has been put into the preparation of meals.

Nowadays, the donation of leftover food is very confusing and complicated for businesses due to disunited information on hygiene requirements and legislative rules. To avoid possible problems, businesses prefer to throw away the food.

The project Donation of food saves the climate runs from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2022.


What we are working on

1. We map the terrain

In order to change the system, we must first know it in detail. That is why we go through Czech legislation, talk to organizations that use donated food, and look for inspiration abroad.

2. We connect participants

Dialogue is an important part of change. We talk to people from all parties and try to be a mediator between organizations, authorities and others. Together we come up with a way to simplify food donations.

3. We are looking for a solution

We will formulate our experience and proposals into simple and clear instructions. Food donation will receive visible barriers and uniform requirements for the entire Czech Republic.


Contact Us

Denisa Rybářová

Denisa Rybářová

Denisa is in charge of the whole project. She deals with various authorities, companies and institutions and goes out into the field, where she tries to find out how the practice works. If you are interested in anything about the project, contact her.

Katarína Vezérová

Katarína Vezérová

Katarína has an overview of everything that happens abroad. In the project, she is in charge of finding examples of good practice in EU countries and around the world, conducts searches and identifies cases that can help us with the project.


Project support

The project is being supported by the Open Society Fund Prague from the Active Citizens Fund. The programme promotes citizens’ active participation in the public life and decision making and builds capacities of civil society organizations. It promotes respect of human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and the respect for human rights including the rights of persons belonging to minorities.

Active Citizens Fund came to the Czech Republic in September 2019 with the goal to support CSOs regardless of their size and experience. It is operated by the Open Society Fund Prague, Committee of Good Will – the Olga Havel Foundation and Scout Institute. The Active Citizens Fund is financed from EEA and Norway Grants 2014–2021. With EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute towards a reduction in economic and social disparity and the strengthening of mutual cooperation in Europe. One of the important objectives of the programme is strengthening bilateral cooperation between donor and beneficiary states through financial contributions in specified priority sectors. It supports bilateral relations between the donor states Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic.

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