This Living Lab focuses on reducing the amounts of food waste by the public by channelling excess food back to the community. We intend to monitor and investigate the food consumption habits of our community. The amounts and types of food people usually buy can then be compared to their actual needs, taking into account the implications on their health and well-being (e.g., do people tend to put too much food on their plates during lunch, ending up throwing half of it to the trash? Do students commonly take too many snacks with them on school trips?). One channel that we intend to test for reducing food waste is to develop an efficient way for transferring excess food within the community. The immediate target group for this will be the students and their families, as well as the residents of one neighbourhood in the city. Ultimately, we aim to change bad habits and encourage people to consume food more wisely, in a way that will have a positive impact on the environment and public space. All these efforts will be led by students from the school and supported by other community actors like the municipality, the regional department of environment, and the neighbourhood community.
National coordinator – ORT Israel