The food waste hierarchy (or food recovery hierarchy) sets out steps for preventing and managing food waste, in order to minimize impact on the environment.
Food Waste Hierarchy – EU
source: EU Waste Framework Directive (2008)
Can be engaged through a partnership with food banks and similar charitable organizations. For example, Red Alimenta is an organization of volunteers in Toledo that collects surplus food and delivers it to people in need. The network of volunteers in different neighborhoods of the city collects and distributes surplus prepared food from restaurants, schools or hospitals.
The idea is quite simple but requires some organization. Following recommendations have been prepared jointly by HOTREC and the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) with the aim of helping hospitality establishments to engage in donations: