SDG 2 is powered by the Wiener Tafel
"The food bank movement puts our common interests above those of the individual, saving valuable resources and helping to achieve the human right to adequate food. That is worth fighting for!" said Dr. Alexandra Gruber from Wiener Tafel
We spoke to Alexandra Gruber, leader of Wiener Tafel, and asked her to tell us the story of our SDG 2 partner.
What is Wiener Tafel?
"Austria’s first food bank, Wiener Tafel was founded on 9/9/1999, and has since become an irreplaceable part of Austria’s line-up of environmental and social relief organizations taking up the role of an awareness-raising “social shipping company”. Bridging the gap between surplus and need, Wiener Tafel’s social transfer services offer efficient and easily understandable solutions to highly complex issues. Wiener Tafel respects the environment, helps save valuable resources, and prevents waste production as well as enabling social institutions to increase the range and quality of the food they offer.
Raising awareness, next to food rescue, is a core task for Wiener Tafel. The Wiener Tafel Sensorik Labor program offers children and students a chance to experience food through all their senses, examining it from a science-based point of view. These memorable moments are a great opportunity to introduce them to the idea of SDGs – after all, a socially and ecologically just world is a world worth living in."
How do you contribute to Sustainable Development Goals?
"A third of food worldwide ends up in the trash rather than being eaten. At the same time, a child starves every three seconds. Our mission is to bridge the gap between surplus and need. Wiener Tafel collects up to four tons of food every day that would otherwise be thrown away and distributes it among 19,000 people in need through 100 social institutions in Vienna.
Driven by donations, Wiener Tafel’s 400 volunteers pick up food donations that aren’t fit for sale, but still good to eat, from commercial, industrial, and agricultural businesses, to be redistributed by its fleet of five delivery vehicles.
Wiener Tafel’s core operations contribute to the attainment of multiple SDGs, particularly SDG 1 and 2 – that is the eradication of poverty and hunger – as well as SDG #10, reducing inequality."
Why do you think achieving SDG2 is important?
"Attaining the SDGs, to me, ranks among the most important social endeavors in the years to come. I am convinced that this is our only way of making sure we will continue to be able to live a life worth living on this planet. That is why the idea of food banks is both a mindset and a mission to me: Wherever a food bank makes its presence known, something special is bound to happen. The food bank movement puts our common interests above those of the individual, saving valuable resources and helping to achieve the human right to adequate food. That is worth fighting for!" said Dr. Alexandra Gruber.
What advice would you give to 1MillionStartups members and community?
"Think about why it would be better to love what you eat rather than throwing it away, why it’s worth taking a closer look at the origin and quality of the food you handle, and how you can change your habits to avoid encouraging surplus production and needless imports of food. That way, you will automatically contribute as almost any point of contact you might experience with food touches upon SDGs," concluded Mrs. Gruber.
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