The Food Bank of Greece

Country of implementation


Type of the practice

Local initiative

Initiator of the practice


Type of education


Age of participants

All ages

How many participants max can participate


Education form


Short description

The Food Bank of Greece is a non-profit organization dedicated to combating food waste and alleviating food insecurity in Greece. The Food Bank of Greece strives to reduce food waste by collecting surplus food from different sources and distributing it to those in need. Their goal is to ensure that all edible food is utilized, while tackling the issue of food insecurity. They collaborate with various food businesses to collect products that are close to expiration, have damaged packaging, or are excess stock. Once collected, the food is sorted and inspected for quality and safety before being distributed to charitable organizations.  The Food Bank of Greece partners with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and volunteers to facilitate their operations and raise awareness about food waste and insecurity. They also conduct educational campaigns to promote sustainable food practices. The organization relies on volunteers to help with their activities and has expanded their operations to reach more regions and collaborate with more food donors and charitable organizations. The Food Bank of Greece’s work contributes to reducing food waste, supporting vulnerable populations, and promoting social and environmental sustainability.


The Food Bank of Greece (Boroume) has several strengths:  
  • It is effectively tackling both food waste and food insecurity.
  • It has established a wide network of food donors, including producers, retailers, and distributors, and strong partnerships that enable them to collect and distribute surplus food efficiently. 
  • The organization takes a collaborative approach by engaging with various stakeholders, such as government agencies, non-profit organizations, volunteers, and the general public. 
  • They have several volunteers who play a crucial role in supporting the organization’s operations. 
  • It actively raises public awareness about food waste and food insecurity through educational campaigns and advocacy efforts. 
  Its success serves as a model that can be replicated in other regions and countries to address food waste and food insecurity.

Challenges in implementation

The Food Bank of Greece faces several challenges in carrying out its operations. Firstly, they have limited resources, including finances, staff, and infrastructure, which makes it difficult to expand their operations to more regions. Secondly, ensuring the safety and quality of donated food is crucial, and they need to have robust protocols and systems in place to assess the condition of the food and handle potential safety concerns. Thirdly, managing the logistics of collecting, sorting, and distributing surplus food can be complex, and they need to establish efficient processes and reliable transportation networks. Fourthly, food waste patterns can change over time, and they need to be prepared to handle fluctuations in the availability and types of surplus food. Finally, sustaining the engagement and support of food donors, volunteers, and other stakeholders can be challenging, and they need to maintain strong relationships and effective communication to ensure ongoing collaboration and participation.