Food waste is an increasing concern in Europe, high on the political agenda. In the EU, 33 million people cannot afford a quality meal every second day. Food assistance is essential for many people across the EU and yet 20% of the food produced is wasted which comes at an estimated cost of €143bn. Through the European Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy, the Commission has committed to halving per capita food waste at retail and consumer level by 2030 with legally binding targets.

Secretary general of European Foodbanks Federation (FEBA) Angela Frigo (left) put it plainly: “So in our modern society where there is abundance and scarcity, entire countries and social groups find themselves in a situation of food insecurity, with limited access to sufficient food for a healthy and active life, even though there is enough food to fulfil everyone's needs.”