The Art of Sharing Food has been fighting against food waste and helping those struggling to afford a meal since it began in 2012. The Germany-based Internet platform allows users to post information about their leftovers, whether it’s an unfinished birthday cake or extra slices of pizza, for others in the area to share. 

People share food. No money should exchange hands here, because sharing also has an ethical dimension. We want to reinstate the spiritual, non-material value of food, because it is more than just a commodity,

Originally beginning with individuals giving away their leftover food, the popularity of the platform has seen shops and bakeries jumping on board too, donating their unsold food at the end of the day.

Website co-founder Valenthin Thurn says food waste costs the European economy more than USD130 billion every year, a number that gets much bigger when we take into account the entire world. By encouraging people to share the food they can’t finish, less food gets set to landfills, where the decomposition that takes place contributes to climate change.

With over 40,000 members in around 200 German cities as well as growing support in other countries, hopes that more and more people will understand the benefits of the sharing economy and recognize that we can all do our part to curb food waste.