Skopje, 19 March 2019 (MIA) – In only a year since it was set up, Everyone Fed has prevented 68,000 tons of food from going to waste.
Celebrating this achievement, the national food donation and distribution network held an event to award its supporters and volunteers.
“This system prevents safe food from ending up in the landfill. Instead, it goes to those who need it,” said the network’s coordinator Blazhe Josifovski.
He said they had provided 210,000 meals to more than 3,300 citizens over the last year.
Everyone Fed was formed in 2018 with the support of the Swiss Embassy, USAID, Peace Corps, the National Democratic Institute, and Publicis.
This year, the network also received support from the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the national Fund for Innovations and Technology Development to see if its results were sustainable.
“Maybe the work they’re doing will lead to a systemwide solution that we, as a Government, will introduce through legislation in 2020,” said Minister of Labor and Social Policy Mila Carovska.
According to Everyone Fed, North Macedonia ranks tenth among the countries that waste the most food, while almost a third of its population lives below the poverty line.
The food donation and distribution network enables companies and individuals to donate surplus food through a web platform.
It enlists the help of 30 non-governmental organizations in getting this food to socially disadvantaged citizens.
The Fund for Innovations and Technology Development’s director Jovan Despotovski said Everyone Fed was “one of those solutions in plain view, but it takes courage to propose it and put into practice.” mr/16:03