What is BringTheFood?

90 million tons are wasted every year in the EU according to the study on "Food Waste across EU27" conduted in 2010 by Bio Intelligence Service. This means that up to 50% of the edible food produced in the EU is wasted if we look at the whole food chain. (source: FEBA)

At the same time, food poverty is on the increase with people in need seeking help from charitable organizations who collect and distribute unused but still edible food. In Italy there are more than 15,000 of such organizations, who are still unable to help the over 6 million poor in the country (Food Poverty - Food Bank, 2015).

Charitable organizations mostly rely on agreements with regular donors and have to make lots of phone calls to know about the availability of donations. On the other hand, businesses who don't donate regularly often don't know how to notify charities about food they want to donate.

BringTheFood simplifies the process of donating and finding donations by allowing who has a surplus to offer it, automatically notifying all the charities in the area.

Donors

Instantly offer their surplus and get notified when a charity requests it.

Charities

Find all the donations in their area. Reduce phone calls and get the job done.

Networks

Manage donations in a private group of donors and charities. Organize large distributions. Automatically get all the relevant fiscal documents (Italy only).

Peers

Share food with neighbors and friends or donate to nearby charities

Our results so far

1 586 920
kg donated

19 900
people helped

140
Suppliers

198
Charities

7
Organizations

1199
Peers

Our Growth

Organizations

Name City Suppliers Charities
Mensa Fassolo - Padri S. Vincenzo Genova 6 3
Banco Alimentare Trentino A.A. Trento 13 8
Banco Alimentare Lombardia - Siticibo Milano Muggiò 4 3
Banco Alimentare Liguria Genoa 0 0
Banco Alimentare Lazio Rome 0 0
Ass. Acli Provinciali di Padova Padova 22 54
Praesidium Vitae ONLUS Castellammare di Stabia 0 0

Get in touch

Email

info@bringfood.org

In person

ICT4G group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler
via Sommarive 18
38123 Povo (TN)
ITALY

Team

BringTheFood is a project by the ICT4G research unit of Bruno Kessler Foundation

BringTheFood is made possible by these people

Collaborators

Giulio

Giulio Michelon

Front-end Designer

Federico

Federico Badini

iOS Developer

Stefano

Stefano Bodini

iOS Developer

Contributors

Technical: Komminist Sisai Weldemariam, Birhanu Mekuria Eshete, Ali Al-Shammari, Andrea Bontempelli, Alessandro Torresani.

Localization: Micaela Mercedes Roberto, Maarten Cautreels, Nuraini Yusoff, Thierry Ludovic Fangzou, Azra Malhani, Zuzana Virglerová, Ilse Grau, Austin Keeble, Ali Al-Shammari, Yan Lijin.

Partners

Ba_logo_big Acli Rete_solida

Credits

Icons

Food designed by Matt Brooks from The Noun Project.
delivery by Wilson Joseph from the Noun Project Network by Brennan Novak from the Noun Project

Basta sprechi alimentari: il frigorifero diventa virtuale - Corriere della Sera - CorrierEconomia (December 01, 2014)

App Contro gli Sprechi - A Sua Immagine (November 08, 2014)

La solidarietà passa attraverso lo smartphone - Pantheon (November 01, 2014)

Sharing economy, ecco le app made in Italy contro lo spreco - Wired (October 20, 2014)

Ora il cibo si divide online - L'Espresso (August 21, 2014)

Puntata del 11/07/2014 - Baobab Radio1 (July 11, 2014)

Fame: Banco alimentare, un'app per donare cibo in eccedenza - ANSA (July 10, 2014)

BringTheFood, la app contro lo spreco alimentare - Corriere della Sera (July 10, 2014)

A portata di “app” - Vita Trentina (March 02, 2014)

Green Warriors - Glamour (March 01, 2014)

Buon appetito con le APP - Donna Moderna (November 06, 2013)

Un'App contro gli sprechi di cibo? C'è! E l'ha inventata la Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trentino - Si può fare - Radio24 (October 20, 2013)

Un'App per recuperare le eccedenze alimentari, è 'BringTheFood' - Adnkronos (October 16, 2013)

La lotta agli sprechi alimentari per dare cibo a tutti - Corriere della Sera Online (October 16, 2013)

Troppi sprechi per troppa fame - PJ Magazine (October 16, 2013)

Un'App per recuperare le eccedenze alimentari, è 'BringTheFood' - Sassari News (October 16, 2013)

Un'app per non sprecare cibo - Panorama.it (October 16, 2013)

In Trentino app per evitare spreco cibo - ANSA (October 15, 2013)

Tapis Roulant, il cibo e la Fbk nel viaggio di Enrico Bertolino - Trentino (March 18, 2013)

Inserto 80 Grammi: La Tecnologia Migliora La Vita - Adige (March 18, 2013)

L'invasione delle foodblogger e del tablet tra i fornelli - Sette (March 15, 2013)

Tecnologia Sociale - Trentino Mese (March 01, 2013)

Una Giornata per l'Energia e le Tecnologie Sostenibili - Il Resto del Carlino Bologna (March 01, 2013)

Bring the food: da Trento l'app «perfetta» - Alto Adige (November 02, 2012)

Intervista ad Adolfo Villafiorita e Aaron Ciaghi - Geo & Geo (October 01, 2012)

Bring the food: FBK's app to avoid food waste - Invest in Trentino (August 27, 2012)

Bring the food - Donna Moderna (June 26, 2012)

Laboratorio Futuro - Speciale Trentino High Tech - L'Espresso (May 31, 2012)

Intervista ad Adolfo Villafiorita - Radio2 Caterpillar (May 30, 2012)

Localizzare (e raccogliere) il surplus di cibo con un'app - Corriere della Sera.it (May 12, 2012)

Buon APPetito! - Il Trentino (May 01, 2012)

L'App che porta il cibo a chi ha bisogno - Sette (April 26, 2012)

Una «app» per non sprecare il cibo - Adige (April 05, 2012)

Lotta alla fame, in campo Fbk Un programma contro gli sprechi - Corriere del Trentino (April 05, 2012)

Tecnologia per evitare gli sprechi di cibo - Vatican Insider (La Stampa) (April 05, 2012)

La «app» che fa risparmiare cibo - Trentino (April 05, 2012)

Sign Up

Click on the Sign Up link in the menu bar to start the registration wizard.

In the first card select 'Charity' and press 'Next'. You will be asked for some personal information like your email address, your name and your physical address. All fields are mandatory. At the end of the procedure you must accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Finally, after submitting your registration we will send you an email containing an activation link that you must visit to activate your BringTheFood account.

Now you can login and start searching for donations around you!

Find Donations

Once you are logged in, you will see a map with all the food offered in your area. The screen below the map shows you a list of the available donations and a list of the donations you booked.

You will find important information on the characteristics of each donation next to their description. Click on the description to see all the details.

What is an available donation?

A donation is available to you if it has been offered by a donor in your *range*. The default is 5km but you can modify it by editing your settings.

What if I am part of an organization?

Donations made available inside an organization will always be visible independently from your range.

Book a Donation

When you find something you need, you can reserve it by clicking on the button. Once you have reserved a donation, it will become unavailable to the other charities. This means that you are committing yourself to meet with the donor before the expiration of the offer.

At this point you will be able to see a Pickup code. This number is very important and you will need it to confirm your identity when you meet the donor to collect the donation.

Donations are available for a limited time! Make sure you are really able to collect them!

Collect a Donation

Contact the donor to arrange the collection.

The donor must confirm that the donation has been collected. Remember to tell him the Pickup code! Not doing so will result in the offer being marked as Expired and not as Collected.

What if I am part of an organization?

You should have already received all the instructions on how to collect donations from your organization's manager. In this case you won't need the *Pickup code* and you can mark the donation as Collected yourself. Remember that either you or the donor must do it before the donation expires.

Donations can be of different types (fresh, cooked, dried or frozen) and must be handled accordingly.

Say thanks to the donor

Donors like to know how their effort can help others! You can let them know how their donation has been used to help people in need and thank them for their help. Just click on the Say Thanks! button next to a collected donation and leave a short message.

Sign Up

Click on the Sign Up link in the menu bar to start the registration wizard.

In the first card select 'Supplier' and press 'Next'. You will be asked for some personal information like your email address, your name and your physical address. All fields are mandatory. At the end of the procedure you must accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Finally, after submitting your registration we will send you an email containing an activation link that you must visit to activate your BringTheFood account.

Now you can login and start donating!

Publish a donation

Once you are logged in, you can immediately publish a new donation by entering its details. The new donation will be immediately visible to the charities nearby. Consider that a donation should be available for a reasonable time to allow them to book and collect it.

Donations can be of different types (fresh, cooked, dried or frozen) and must be handled accordingly.

What if I am part of an organization?

Donations published inside an organization are initially visible only to the managers of the organization that will take care of making them available to potentially interested charities.

Manage your donations

You can see all your available donations in your dashboard organized by status. You can edit or delete donations as long as they are available. Once a donation has been booked it cannot be modified and you are committing yourself to deliver it to the charity who reserved it and no one else.

Meet the charity

When a donation is booked, you and the charity will receive an email suggesting to get in touch to arrange a meeting to deliver the donation. The charity will contact you or show up at your address to pick up the donation.

To make things easier, you can specify a preferred pickup time in your settings.

When you meet the charity, don't forget to ask them the Pickup code! You will need it to mark the donation as collected.

What if I am part of an organization?

You should have already received all the instructions on how to collect donations from your organization's manager. You won't need the Pickup code but remember that either you or the charity must mark the donation as Collected before it expires.

Sign Up

Click on the Sign Up link in the menu bar to start the registration wizard.

In the first card select 'Peer' and press 'Next'. You will be asked for some personal information like your email address, your name and your physical address. All fields are mandatory. At the end of the procedure you must accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Finally, after submitting your registration we will send you an email containing an activation link that you must visit to activate your BringTheFood account.

Now you can login and start sharing!

Publish a donation

Once you are logged in, you can immediately publish a new donation by entering its details.

The new donation will be immediately visible to the other peers and charities nearby. Consider that a donation should be available for a reasonable time to allow other people to book and collect it.

Donations can be of different types (fresh, cooked, dried or frozen) and must be handled accordingly.

Manage your donations

You can see all your available donations in your dashboard organized by status. You can edit or delete donations as long as they are available.

Once a donation has been booked it cannot be modified and you are committing yourself to deliver it to the peer or charity who reserved it and no one else.

Meet the charity

When a donation is booked, both you and the person who booked your donation will receive an email suggesting to get in touch to arrange a meeting to deliver the donation. The peer or the charity will contact you or show up at your address to pick up the donation.

To make things easier, you can specify a preferred pickup time in your settings.

Find Donations

Once you are logged in, you will see a map with all the food donated in your area. The screen below the map shows you a list of the available donations and a list of the donations you booked. You will find important information on the characteristics of each donation next to their description. Click on the description to see all the details.

What is an available donation?

A donation is available to you if it has been offered by a donor in your *range*. The default is 25km but you can modify it by editing your settings.

Book a Donation

When you find something you need, you can reserve it by clicking on the button. Once you have reserved a donation, it will become unavailable to the other peers and charities. This means that you are committing yourself to meet with the donor before the expiration of the offer.

Donations are available for a limited time! Make sure you are really able to collect them!

Collect a Donation

Contact the donor to arrange the collection

The donor must confirm that the donation has been collected. Remember to tell him the Pickup code Not doing so will result in the offer being marked as Expired and not as Collected.

Donations can be of different types (fresh, cooked, dried or frozen) and must be handled accordingly.

Say thanks to the donor

Donors like to know how their effort can help others! You can let them know how their donation has been used to help people in need and thank them for their help.

Just click on the Say thanks! button next to a collected donation and leave a short message.

Sign Up

Registration as manager is not available yet.

Invite members

Once you are logged in you can add donors and charities to your organization by using the Invite link that you can find in your user menu (top right corner of the page). Simply type their email address and wait for the invitee to join BringTheFood. You will be notified when they accept your invitation and you will always be able to track pending invitations.

Manage donations

You can see all the donations published by your affiliated donors in your dashboard organized by status.

Managing donations means that you are in charge of making donations visible to the charities in your organization. You will receive a notification whenever a donation is published by one of your affiliated donors and you will have to select the charities that should be able to find it. This means that a new donation is not immediately available to your affiliated charities and it will be visible to them only after you 'assign' it.

Manage the collection

When a donation is booked, you will receive a notification. A booked donation can be collected either by the charity who booked it or by you on their behalf. You should agree with your charities and donors an who collects donations.

Always remember that a donation that has been physically collected must be marked as collected in BringTheFood. This can be done by anyone involved in the transaction (the donor, the charity and you).

If no one marks a donation as collected, it will expire. Sometimes a physically collected donation is not marked as collected in BringTheFood and it expires. In this case you can still mark it as collected.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a private person (not a charity). Can I use BringTheFood?

Yes. Everyone can use BringTheFood! Do not use it just as a way to get free food. When donating food you should always think about the well being of the beneficiaries and when collecting food you should do it for charitable purposes.

What does it mean if a donation is expired?

A donation expires when no one books it or when nobody claims it as collected before the expiration date. The expiration date is the latest time at which the donation can be collected and it must not be mistaken for the expiration date of the products.

What should I do if I forget the pickup code?

If you are a donor and the donation has been collected, you can get in touch with the charity and ask them the pickup code. If you are a charity you can find the pickup code in the details of the donation or in the email you received when you booked it.

A donation appears as collected but nobody collected it! What should I do?

If you think something is wrong with an offer (for example, it has been marked as collected but you haven't collected it yet), you can report a problem to the managers of your organization. This feature is available only for members of organizations.

Are food donations regulated by any Law?

What is an organization?

An organization is an entity that connects donors and charities that exchange donations in a 'private network'. This means that a donation published in an organization is visible only to the members of the organization.

How can I join an organization?

You should contact the person in charge of the organization and ask for an invitation. On this page you can see all the participating organizations. If you are already affiliated with an organization not registered in BringTheFood, contact your reference person in the organization and tell them about BringTheFood!

I manage an organization. How can I join BringTheFood?