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  • 1 million tons of food is wasted yearly in Portugal, about 30% in the distribution phase;1;
  • Supermarkets do not have standardized procedure for donation of food waste;
  • Processes of donation attribution to the social sector are manual;
  • Pickup of food waste in supermarkets is by order of arrival;
  • Pickup of food waste in the associations is by order of arrival;
  • Impact of donations is not known because appropriate metrics are not produced.

Proposed solution

An information system that includes a web component and an offline analytics component:

  • Receives information of food waste daily;
  • Does automatic attribution to carenciados inscritos em IPSS e associações do setor social;
  • Aggregates donation batches to be collected by associations in the supermarkets' facilities.;
  • Tracks the route of donated items;
  • Automates the registry of donations;
  • Emits periodical business reports on the performance of partners with sustainability metrics.

Differentiation relative to other initiatives that reduce food waste.

  1. The solution is replicable and scalable;
  2. Automates donation of food stock breaks through documented socio-economic criteria;
  3. Allows accessment of impact in terms of volume of donations, number of impacted people, including understanding whether food donations have long-term socio-economic effect on the affected population.

Diagram of the solution

Why it matters


  • Optimization of stock management.
  • Reception of donation metrics.
  • Acquiring public acknowledgement regarding food sustainability of each store.

Social sector

  • Entities that are excluded from the process of stock break donation can be represented within the system.
  • More stock breaks are donated to more entities.
  • The process of collecting, transporting and donation of food is simplified through a scheduling app.

Disadvantaged individuals

  • More people have access to food items.
  • The food items are picked in quantity and quality suited to the household.

Project's progress

Development of the MVP - Minimum Viable Product (Dec 2021).

Launch of pilot version (Jan 2022).

Extension of the network of recipients/donators and public launch of the project (starting in Q3 of 2022).

Read docs (pt-PT)

Vision document
General documentation

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1. [PERDA report 2012]