One third of the food produced in Switzerland – about 2.2 million tonnes – ends up in the garbage bin every year. Almost half of that in private households. This is the starting point for two young women and their pioneering project Madame Frigo: through communal refrigerators accessible to the public, residents can make any unused edible food available to others free of charge. This offering, which can easily be integrated into daily life, gives private households the opportunity to make a positive contribution to reducing food waste. In order to promote an appreciation of food among the young population as well, Madame Frigo also offers educational opportunities such as learning modules and workshops.
This project has been launched successfully in Bern and, with the support of the Migros Pioneer Fund, is being expanded to locations throughout Switzerland.