We are happy to introduce you to our project Food_Fair – a food saving and sharing project by students for students!
Every Wednesday and Friday between 14:00 and 16:00 you can pick up a food_bag full of saved goodies from us for free – after prior registration.
In addition, once a month we organize a Food_Market, where you can save food for free.
To find out how, go to Sign Up for Food_Fair Now!
More and more food is no longer sold and ends up in the trash. The amount of food thrown away in Germany corresponds to about one third of the food consumed there annually. However, most of the food that ends up in the trash is not bad or inedible – in many cases it is just slight damage to the packaging, overproduction that can no longer be sold or new product lines that replace others.
We want to make a statement with Food_Fair against waste and for sustainable and solidary sharing. Solidarity and sustainability are topics that currently occupy our world strongly. For the implementation of these principles, action is needed on all levels – also at the university. With the aim to act directly and pragmatically, we save food from the garbage can together, sensitize ourselves for these problems, which are driving our society in everyday life, and enable everyone* to contribute a part.
Our Food_Bags are especially for students who are currently in an emergency situation such as a financial bottleneck. Everyone can participate in Food_Markt – the only condition is that you are a registered student at the University of Cologne.
Register now for Food_Fair!
If you want to get a Food_Beutel:
Fill out the registration form.
Wait for a reply from us via email with a number and a pick-up date for your saved bag! If you can’t make this appointment, let us know in time. You will then receive a new date suggestion.
Come to your appointment at the AStA (Universitätsstraße 16, 50935 Köln) at the service point on the 1st floor and pick up your rescued bag. You are also welcome to bring your own bag. We will then repack the rescued food for you on site. For your additional sustainable commitment you will also receive a small thank you from us!
Here you can find the registration form for a Food_Bag: https://forms.gle/fyz4zrK69dpBHvqF9
If you want to come to the Food_Market:
Fill out the registration form.
Wait for a reply from us via e-mail with the dates for the Food_Market. If you have indicated in the registration form that you would like to participate only once, you will receive a one-time e-mail from us with dates. If you have decided to participate regularly, we will add you to our mailing list and inform you about our Food_Market dates every month.
Come to one of the indicated dates to the AStA (Universitätsstraße 16, 50935 Köln) and save food at our Food_Market stand.
Here you can find the registration form for the Food_Market: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSegEdS0Xs95ippVFgGvEaMNUE2nnnrVtKkxnjJYUUezZqCXFQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Important information about our food:
We only distribute rescued or donated food. This means that the food either has small blemishes, is an expiring product or packaging line, or the best before date has expired or is so far advanced that it is no longer sold in retail stores. However, since these products are usually still perfectly fine and edible, we collect these products for you and pass them on to you. So if your product doesn’t look so nice, has an expired best-before date, or doesn’t have the latest packaging design, don’t worry – that’s intentional and fine. However, if you notice that a product is no longer edible (it smells or tastes funny, mold has formed, etc.), please do not consume it! Since we cannot guarantee 100% freshness of the products, please check the food carefully before consuming it – better safe than sorry!
If you have any questions about the project and your food_bag, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find the latest information about the project on social media:
Facebook: AStA Uni Cologne
How much does my Food_Bag cost?
Your Food_Bag is free of charge.
Is all food rescued?
Yes, all the food we distribute through Food_Fair is by definition rescued food.
Is the same food always distributed?
No, both the contents of your Food_Bag and what is available at the Food_Market varies. Since we can’t predict which foods will need to be rescued at any given time and what we will be supplied with by the vendors, we unfortunately can’t tell you in advance what you will find in your Food_Bag or at the Food_Market. What you can count on, however, is that we do not distribute food that needs to be kept refrigerated (dairy products, meat, fish, frozen food). While only packaged and shelf-stable foods are in our Food_Bags, we often have a supply of fruits and/or vegetables in our Food_Market as well.
Are the products suitable for certain diets?
All the products you find in your Food_Bag are vegan and usually organic. Unfortunately, we can not take into account food intolerances such as gluten or histamine intolerance, because the product range does not allow it. The products on the Food_Market are usually all at least vegetarian.
How often can I come to pick up a Food_Bag and how many Food_Bags can I get at once?
It is possible to pick up a Food_Beutel every week, but only one bag will be issued per registration. You have the possibility to pick up a Food_Bag either on Wednesdays or Fridays.
How often can I participate in the Food_Market?
You can participate in the Food_Market as often as you want. The only important thing is that you are enrolled as a student at the University of Cologne. You can choose in the registration form if you want to participate once or regularly.
A product was no longer edible. What do I do?
If you haven’t eaten the product yet, please dispose of it. The purpose of Food Saving is not to get food poisoning! Here, it is perfectly fine to dispose of the product. If you have already consumed some of the product and feel bad, contact a doctor immediately, e.g. your family doctor. He can treat you in this case. Also, feel free to report back to us if a product in your food_bag was no longer good. Then we can also warn students who have received the same product.
I would like to get involved with Food_Fair. What can I do?
If you would like to get involved with us, please contact the project leaders by email. We will then look together how you can best get involved.
Anna Schäfer (email@example.com)
Pia Bauerdick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
AStA University of Cologne – Department for Social Affairs and International Affairs (email@example.com)