In the European Union, 12% of high-quality food is thrown in the trash from restaurants and the hospitality sector. More than 1.8 million tons of food are wasted every year in Hungary, while nearly one million people do not receive enough high-quality hot food. Munch offers a complex solution to the economic, environmental, and social challenges of food waste.
2,000 Euro Prize 2021
Region: Budapest, Csongrád, Hajdú-Bihar
Sector: Commercial enterprise
Fields of action: Awareness raising, Environmental protection, Homelessness
Project owner: Munch
Responsible person: Belayane Najoua
Munch is the first platform in Hungary where more than 160 restaurants, bakeries, shops, and hotels sell their unsold, but high-quality food at a discount. Munch aims to promote sustainable, responsible catering and social responsibility by reducing food waste.
Munch has three main stakeholders: the hospitality industry, customers, and people in need. We involve our stakeholders through the Munch mobile application, online groups, blog posts, outreach workshops, and in-person food sharing. Moreover, people in need are actively involved in food saving through our initiative, MunCharity.
In seven months, we saved 12,000 servings of food and reduced 113 tons of carbon dioxide emission. As of 2021, more than 9,000 users or Food Savers joined the initiative and shared their Munch adventures in online groups. We organised several charity events and plan to expand these initiatives.
The project can respond to diverse conditions and contexts; it can be transferred to places with a similar consumption culture. There will always be potential customers who can reduce food waste accumulated in restaurants through Munch. Our short-term goal is to launch Munch in two neighbouring countries.
Since the programme was quickly developed, Munch has sustainably implemented and expanded its services from the city into communities in the suburbs. The meals leftover from restaurants are not thrown away but eaten. They are sold at a reduced price for pick-up. Buyers can also donate this food to people living in homeless shelters. This solution is sustainable, economic, and helps those in need: this is a social innovative mélange.