Our project addresses two issues – food waste and low civic engagement of the beneficiaries of social safety programs. United Nations considers the first issue as one of the modern global challenges, and Poland holds the seventh place in Europe when it comes to quantities of wasted food. On the other hand, our region sees a high demand for social services and benefits, including food assistance programs. Additionally, according to the research, individuals who are unhappy with their material standing are often characterized by a low degree of civic engagement.
We’d like to combine these two issues by engaging individuals at risk of social exclusion into action towards combating the food waste. We will recruit 10 organizations from the Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodesip that work on behalf their local communities. In collaboration with social care centers, we will select participants for the project – individuals at risk of social exclusion. We will train them to become independent educators and advocates against food waste. Additionally, with our support, they will prepare and complete projects for their community and devise a plan for their organization for educational development and anti-food waste practices.