Action project "Soup Day" – Against food waste in urban areas
During the white week we want to draw attention to the unbelievable food waste in the city of Aachen:Copyright: © J.W.F. Wiersma (2012)
A temporary soup counter is to be designed and built from leftovers and other repurposed materials, which will provide the Reiff community (and other interested parties) with self-created soup made from "saved" food on one day during the white week. This is intended to give new value to materials and food that would otherwise end up in the trash. The action is intended to raise public awareness of the issue of food waste and at the same time show that simple and flexible supply infrastructures can be created with collective and creative effort.
Another idea is that the soups can be given out in exchange for voluntary donations and that the proceeds can be given to one of the charitable institutions in Aachen that provide many people with free and cheap food.
The background to this is that large quantities of food are thrown away every day, and not just in Aachen: according to estimates by the Federal Environment Agency, this amounts to around 11 million tons per year (80 kilos per capita), and the loss chain is long. It reaches from the harvest, over processing and sales up to the private households. In order to counteract this, activists are on the move from food sharing, containers and support of the food banks. Most of the time, however, these actions take place semi-covertly, since not everything is legal.
First session 27.10.2022, 10:00 am Kick Off