Partnership against food waste: Impact start-up SPRK.global collaborates with "Die Arche" Kinderstiftung
SPRK systematically redistributes food oversupply in the supply chain to non-profit organisations
30 tons of food oversupply have already been transferred to "Die Arche"
Other partners are Straßenkinder e.V. and SOS-Kinderdorf Berlin
SPRK has already redistributed or processed a total of 69 tonnes of food
Berlin, 03.02.2021 - Avoiding food waste systematically and sustainably - this only works hand in hand. The impact start-up SPRK.global (SPRK) today announces its partnership with the children and youth organisation "Die Arche" Kinderstiftung in Berlin. Since March 2020, 30 tonnes of perfectly edible food that would otherwise have ended up in the bin have been delivered to the Berlin-Hellersdorf location. The start-up, founded in March 2020, aims to redistribute or process food oversupply through a technology-driven distribution approach and, in the long term, completely eliminate food waste in the supply chain.
"In close cooperation with food producers, logistics companies, wholesalers and retailers, we succeed in redistributing food oversupply to meet the needs of both our supply and demand partners. We are very happy that the Berlin Arche locations have placed their trust in us and that we are thus able to successfully redistribute surplus food. It is a great personal concern of mine to support the people in need with the SPRK team by providing them with food," says Alexander Piutti, founder and CEO of SPRK.
SPRK launched the pilot phase for the concept back in May 2019 and has since redistributed or processed 69 tonnes of food. In total, this corresponds to about 172,000 meals and a reduction in unnecessary CO2 emissions of around 172 tonnes.
Non-profit organisations are integral part of the SPRK approach
Collaboration with and delivery to non-profit organisations is an integral part of the SPRK approach. So far, around 30 tonnes of food have been delivered to "Die Arche" and saved from the bin. This is roughly equivalent to 75,000 meals and a reduction of around 75 tonnes of unnecessary CO2 emissions. The special thing: SPRK was able to supply the children's foundation mainly with fruit and vegetables - food that is otherwise rarely donated.
"Die Arche" Kinderstiftung is committed to combating child poverty in Germany with free lunch, school assistance and meaningful leisure activities. "At Arche, we provide up to 1,000 children and their families with free meals and food every day through our six locations in Berlin. This includes a warm lunch, breakfast offers at schools or a shared evening meal. We are in urgent need of support. Our partnership with SPRK has become a great help for us in providing food. Especially during the Corona times, the deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables were very important," says Arche founder Bernd Siggelkow.
Partnerships for the systematic distribution of surpluses
The SOS-Kinderdorf Berlin has also been regularly supplied with perfectly edible food oversupplies by the impact start-up since autumn 2019. As part of the corona-induced lockdown at the end of 2020 and at the turn of 2020/2021, other Berlin NGOs, such as Straßenkinder e. V., have joined as SPRK partners. This is not to be the end of the story. SPRK continues to focus on the growth and expansion of existing and new NGO partnerships. The main aim is to scale the social impact of feeding the needy. This will also reduce food waste in the supply chain and make a measurable positive contribution to the climate.
The impact start-up, SPRK.global GmbH (SPRK), aims to redistribute and process food oversupply and eliminate food waste from the global supply chain over the long term. By reducing food waste, SPRK also reduces unnecessary CO2 emissions and saves natural resources, like water and energy. To achieve this, SPRK is developing an innovative distribution platform, using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The SPRK technology connects supply chain participants to ensure that food oversupply is redistributed quickly and in line with demand, with systematic consideration of non-profit organisations as demand partners. Worldwide, 1.6 billion tonnes of food are wasted every year, 12 million tonnes of which are wasted in Germany alone. SPRK’s mission is closely aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG 13 (Climate Action), and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). In July 2020, SPRK was selected out of 2,400 international applicants as a finalist in the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC)—the largest "Tech For Good" competition for sustainable start-ups. With its impact-driven, innovative technology platform, SPRK went on to take first place in XTC’s “Smart Cities” category.
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