Join the Federal Action Week “Germany Saves Food”, 22-29 September 2020!

About 11 million tonnes of food are lost in Germany annually, meaning that the average German wastes around 55 kilos of food per year. This points to flaws throughout the entire supply chain: from producing and processing through to household consumption practices. Innovative tools and approaches as well joint commitment from all hallmarks of the society are needed to reduce food waste and preserve valuable resources. Join the action week “Germany Saves Food”, 22-29 September 2020, to make your own contribution!

With various on-site activities and digital formats, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the action week partners are working together with all participants to promote greater food value appreciation. Individuals, companies as well as initiatives and associations from all over Germany are invited to be part of the action week, which marks the first such nationwide activity. Participants can come forward with their original ideas or join existing campaigns. Every idea that leads to less food waste counts!

To help channel your ideas and get inspired, here are some valuable suggestions:

  • Suggestions for actions in agriculture, production or processing for trade, out-of-home catering or at home consumption can be found in this guideline.
  • Share your own idea to save food! Have your activity published at Deutschland Rettet Lebensmittel. Information regarding registration can be found here.
  • Promote food saving! Free to use communication material such as posters, menu inserts, postcards can be ordered or downloaded here.
  • Be on the know! Check out the hashtag #deutschlandrettetlebensmittel for all actions shared on social media.

The action week “Germany Saves Food” is a joint initiative of “Zu gut für die Tonne!” (Too Good to Throw Away) of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the respective ministries of the German federal states. The action week is part of the implementation of BMEL’s National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste.

More information about the action week can be found here.

The National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in Wholesale and Retail Industry, carried out by the CSCP in collaboration with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, is a partner of the action week.

For further information please contact Nora Brüggemann.