About one-third of all food produced in the world is wasted each year. Globally, this amounts to approximately 1.3 billion tons of food per year.
In Bangladesh alone, food waste comprises most of all solid waste. Wasting food has a cascading impact on all aspects of society: it impacts food security for individuals across the world, hampers economic development, and intensifies the current climate crisis.
In an effort to minimise food waste, foodpanda Bangladesh has partnered with Bidyanondo Foundation.
As part of this collaboration, volunteers from the Bidyanondo Foundation are collecting food items from cancelled orders on the foodpanda platform. These food items are being collected from designated rider hubs and distributed amongst the underprivileged. This means that cancelled orders will no longer go to waste.
Beyond promoting greater food security and reducing food wastage, both the Bidyanondo Foundation and foodpanda Bangladesh pledge that all collected food is being redistributed with food safety standards and proper packaging in mind.
foodpanda also ensures that food items returned by its riders to designated hubs throughout the day will remain fresh and safe for consumption, while Bidyanondo Foundation volunteers ensure that the stored items will be picked up in a timely manner and distributed among the needy in a way that maintains proper hygiene.
"We're happy that Bidyanondo Foundation has come forward to support us in reducing food wastage. Through this collaboration, not only will we be able to reduce food wastage, but we will also help feed vulnerable individuals over time and achieve better sustainability for the future. We're hoping that this initiative will help make a positive impact on the community and country we love so much," said Ambareen Reza, managing director and co-founder at foodpanda Bangladesh.
Founder and Chairman of Bidyanondo Foundation Kishor Kumar Das said, "Even after providing food to millions of people in the One Taka Meal program, we felt dissatisfied with food charity for not being able to take any effective action against food wastage."
"The dream that we had for the last three years by conveying the food quoted from social events to the floating people, is now starting its journey on a large scale with foodpanda. Thanks to foodpanda for joining this journey with Bidyanondo," he added.
As an online delivery platform foodpanda Bangladesh is dedicated to delivering food, groceries, and essentials conveniently, quickly, and sustainably.
Bidyanondo Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to feeding vulnerable communities across the country.
The partnership between foodpanda Bangladesh and Bidyanondo Foundation brings the goals of both organisations under one umbrella.
This initiative is currently functional in Dhaka and Chattogram and will soon be extended to other major cities where there is significant food wastage.