Roskilde Festival and Stop Wasting Food Delivered Over 27 Tonnes of Surplus Food to Homeless People

Over 27 tonnes of food otherwise destined for the rubbish bin was collected at this year's Roskilde Festival and converted into meals for the needy.

Some 50,000 meals were donated to area hostels, shelters and asylum centres using unused food from last month’s Roskilde Festival.

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Festival organisers announced on Tuesday that kitchen scraps totaling 27.5 tonnes were collected during the festival. 

Working together with the Stop Wasting Food (Stop Spild af Mad) movement, the festival leftovers were collected and either delivered directly to recipients or taken to the Danish Meat Trade College (Slagteriskolen) in Roskilde, where the food was turned into new dishes and then frozen. 

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The frozen meals were delivered to social help centres all across Zealand. 

One of the recipient locations was Kirkens Korshær in Holbæk. 

“The users of our shelter were very happy for the lasagne. The good leftover food that we received meant that we were able to save time and money,” Pernille Korzen, a spokeswoman for the centre, said in a press release.

Stop Wasting Food is Denmark’s largest consumer movement against food waste. Some 70 volunteers from the organisation collected the leftover food at the Roskilde Festival, which ran from June 29th to July 6th.

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