In the past few years, I have started to get annoyed with myself – with my pure ignorance. I just couldn’t overlook it anymore. I mean I did it successfully in the past. And it seemed to be just fine. We all kind of know about the things that are wrong in our society. Animal rights, environmental damage, homelessness, hunger and poverty, greediness. But mostly we are pretty good at ignoring them. I am pointing the finger at myself here as well. Clicking the articles and videos on Facebook away because they are just upsetting. I don’t want to see that. I mean it’s not my fault and me as a single person can’t change it anyway. Yes, I do want change. I am not ok with animal cruelty and environmental pollution. But what am I supposed to do about it? I can’t make a difference. The big cooperation’s are responsible for most of the damage. They need to change their policies.
But is that really the truth? Or is that just the easy way out for us? Don’t we as consumers have a responsibility too?
Since quite some time I can’t turn away anymore. I even tried to. Sadly. However, a year ago I had enough and I was actively thinking about what I want to fight for. There are many things I truly care about. But nothing really motivated me enough to make the call at the volunteer office. It’s just one more commitment on top of all the other things going on in my life.
I decided to make a difference to bring Foodsharing to Canada
Until I thought about the organisation Foodsharing in Germany. This volunteer run organisation is fighting against food waste. You wonder if that is really necessary? I guarantee you it is. We could feed every single person on this planet with the amount of food we produce. But we don’t. Instead we waste half of it. On farms, during the production process, at the store and in private households. Our own home. We lost our connection with food. The value it has for each and every one of us. Some people die because they don’t have enough to eat whilst others throw it out because it doesn’t look pretty or they need space in the supermarket shelves for the new delivery. That’s what I want to fight for! That’s where I want to make a difference.
So a year ago I decided to bring Foodsharing to Canada. I founded a not for profit organisation in Ottawa. Together, my volunteers and I connect stores with charities to donate the food they can’t sell anymore. I am convinced that many of you don’t even know that there is a problem. I mean these things are happening behind the scenes. We try to raise awareness and teach people how to avoid food waste themselves.
And yes I had a hard time to commit to long term volunteer work. But once I figured out what I really care about I found my motivation. Do I sometimes regret that I founded my own organisation? Maybe. But that is mostly because I have the feeling we are not making as much progress as I would like. I am not very patient it seems. I tend to blame myself which makes me feel I am failing. But at the end of the day I am glad I did it.
We are partnering up with stores and save 20-30 boxes of food every week from the dumpster. We deliver those boxes to the charities and to people in need. The food doesn’t end up in the landfill which protects our planet. We raise awareness and show private households alternative ways to preserve and use their food in the fridge.
Even though it might not seem like much in the big picture, it is a start, and we are growing. We make a difference in the life of the people around us. I think this is still better than to keep ignoring the problem. At least for me. It gives my life more purpose and it therefore contributes to my overall happiness.
If you recognised yourself in some parts of this post it might be time for you to go out there and find the one thing you really care about. The one thing you are willing to fight for. It doesn’t matter if you are a founder or a member in an already existing organisation. You can make a difference! You want to live a fulfilled life? This right here is one piece of the puzzle.
Be brave. Be happy. Be you.