The Refood Vila Real de Santo António project has been officially launched in a bid to collect perfectly good food which would normally go to waste and deliver it to families in need.
The headquarters is located at storehouse number 3 at the Docapesca offices in Vila Real de Santo António and is open between 3pm and 10.30pm.
Hunter Halder, the founder of the Refood project, attended the first Refood VRSA meeting on Sunday, alongside the local mayor, Conceição Cabrita.
A total of 45 volunteers are already helping collect and deliver the food from the 18 partnering companies.
While it was founded in 2017, the VRSA Refood headquarters is only now functioning at full steam after two years of hard work to build up a network of partners and sort out the logistics of the food collection and delivery system.
For those who might not know, Refood is a project that relies on volunteer work and the good will of local communities and businesses to collect food that would normally be thrown out and deliver it to families in need.
As described on its own website, Refood is a “100% volunteer, eco-humanitarian community charity” that works “to eliminate food waste and hunger on a neighbourhood basis”.
It works thanks to volunteers who collect food that would normally go to waste from restaurants, cafés, bakeries, supermarkets and even festivals.
Refood has been growing across Portugal, particularly in the Algarve.
In fact, just recently Refood Almancil held a meeting to promote the project locally and encourage new volunteers to sign up.
Anyone interested in joining the Refood VRSA project can contact Tânia Marques or Helena Vitória by telephone or email (+351 964 110 845 | [email protected]).
If you would like to join the efforts in Almancil, contact 289 355 443 or [email protected]