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What is Food Share? A place where you can take food for free. How does it work and where can it be found in Poland?

A dining room is a place, usually a bookshelf or refrigerator, for sharing food. This is one of the ways to fight against food waste. Not only for the holidays, when we have prepared too many dishes and don’t know what to do with the leftovers. Food can be shared every day and it works. Diners are becoming more and more popular and we don’t only find them in big cities. Why throw away good products? Can’t eat? Give me back! Are you hungry? Take it! Where are the restaurants in Poland?

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According to the estimates of the Food Rationalization and Reduction Program (PROM), we throw away almost 5 million tons of food annually, of which 3 million are for consumers and households.

One of the forms of fighting against food waste is changing habits, carefully planning meals, shopping according to a list, and never when we are hungry because there is a risk that we will buy more and not eat later. It’s also worth reading the labels. You don’t have to throw away everything after the expiration date, so it’s really important to know the difference between “use by” and “eat by.”

However, if we already prepare too much food (especially after holidays and parties), our refrigerator defrosts and we don’t want the contents in it to spoil, or we go on a long holiday and there is still a lot of good food at home – there is a way to do that. Sharing food.

Restaurants in Poland have been operating since 2016 and have quickly gained popularity. It all started with Karolina Hansen and Agnieszka Bielska. The ladies met at the Food Banks and started the food distribution movement in Poland. They founded the first cafeteria at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw in 2016. Since then, more than 100 food distribution points have been created.

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