Food drops off "Last day meal: Reducing Food Waste in Student Households"

Food waste is a global problem with significant environmental and economic implications. In Switzerland alone, around one third of all edible food is lost or wasted between the field and the plate. This amounts to approximately 2.8 million tons of food wasted each year, with households accounting for 38% of avoidable food losses.

According to an ETH Zurich study by Beretta and Hellweg (2019), the average Swiss citizen throws away about 330 kg of avoidable food per year. This not only contributes to environmental degradation, but also represents a significant economic loss, with each person throwing away an average of CHF 620 worth of food.

One innovative solution to combat food waste is to set up drop-off points within universities where students can share surplus food. One such initiative is Madame Frigo, an organization that operates shared fridges where students can donate excess food and take what they need.

Imagine this scenario: it's the end of the semester and you're moving out of your student residence. You have a box of unopened pasta, a few cans of soup and some fresh produce that you know you won't be able to eat before you leave. Instead of throwing these items in the bin, you can leave them in a designated area on campus for fellow students in need to pick up.

This simple act not only reduces food waste, but also fosters a sense of community and solidarity among students. It's a win-win situation - those with excess food can help those in need, while minimizing their carbon footprint.

The benefits of such initiatives extend beyond the university campus. By reducing food waste at the household level, we can make significant progress towards a more sustainable future. Not only does this conserve valuable resources, but it also helps to alleviate food insecurity in our communities.


Beretta, C., & Hellweg, S. (2019). Potential environmental benefits from food waste prevention in the food service sector. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 147, 169–178.


  • Last day food collection bins for students to deposit unused food


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The article effectively highlights the pressing issue of food waste and presents a practical, community-driven solution with university drop-off points. The inclusion of statistics and real-life examples makes it both informative and motivating. To enhance the article, consider adding testimonials from students who have benefited from such initiatives, which would provide a more personal and relatable touch.

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Reducing food waste through initiatives like "Last Day Meal" is fantastic. Setting up drop-off points for surplus food at universities not only minimizes waste but also fosters community support. It's a simple yet impactful way to promote sustainability and help fellow students. Great idea!

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Overall, your article is informative and thought-provoking. It successfully raises awareness about food waste and introduces actionable solutions. With slight expansions on impact, additional solutions, and deeper economic insights, it could serve as a significant motivator for change not just on university campuses but across wider society. Great job on tackling such an important topic with both urgency and optimism.