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Supporting local communities in the fight against food waste

20 May 2020

As part of Wrist’s commitment to support the Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) in reducing food loss by 50% by 2030, some of our branches tell us how they are taking action.

Our branches in Long Beach and Strachans are donating excess food provisions to food banks, people experiencing food insecurities and to individuals in the local community. Our warehouse at the Aalborg branch have partnered with Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud, a Danish non-profit organisation that redistributes excess food stock to vulnerable people in the community.

Over the last 18 months, Wrist has supported this initiative, by donating excess food provisions to Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud, who focuses on sustainability and social responsibility, through collecting food surplus and distributing it throughout social organisations to families and individuals who are in economic and social need.

Bente Schjødt, General Manager from Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud told us “As a social environmental project we are struggling to help both people in need and the environment by distributing surplus food. We are very happy to work with Wrist Ship Supply. Since January 2020 we have received nearly 4 tons of edible food and we are looking forward to expand the partnership in the future.”

Every week, Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud collects the surplus the warehouse has gathered, which includes vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and non-dairy products and snacks.

Jesper Gajhede, Inventory Manager states, “This is a great way to give back to the community, whilst supporting the battle against food waste. We know only too well the importance of ensuring that communities, whether out at sea, or in our local area have food on their table each day, and this is why we support this initiative from Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud.”

We are very grateful to Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud for offering this service, and we are pleased to support. We are proud to be a part of this, along with the other partners in the local area, who support this worthy cause in reducing food waste and supporting the local community.

Bente Schjødt, Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud (right), Martin Høi, Stock Purchaser (middle) and Henrik Dorf, Warehouse (left). This photo is an earlier photo taken before social distancing measures were in place.

To read more about the work from Nordjysk Fødevareoverskud, please access their website here (in Danish only).

Food waste is a huge global concern, impacting climate, environmental and economic issues. It is estimated that over one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year – approximately 1.3 billion tonnes – gets lost or wasted. At Wrist, we are committed to ensuring a sustainable business practice, which includes distributing the food surplus from our stores.