Stop Spild Lokalt volunteers deliver food to Bella Center in Copenhagen on December 23rd. Photo: MartinSylvest / Ritzau Scanpix
The Stop Spill Lokalt charity (Stop Waste Locally) set a record by sharing 260 tons of excess Christmas food between 30,000 people in Denmark.
Nearly 3,000 volunteers across the country participated in the collection and distribution of unsold products in stores just after their Christmas closure.
"He exceeded our expectations. The ambition was 200 tons, but we reached 260 tons in the country's stores, "Rasmus Erichsen, 19, from Korsør, the founder of the initiative, told Ritzau.
"It's great that so many small stores wanted to participate, but it's just as scary as the need is so big," added Erichsen.
In total, 350 stores across the country donated roast pork, duck, candy and other Christmas food to the project.
One of the distribution points of Stop Spild Lokalt at Bella Centret in Copenhagen. Photo: MartinSylvest / Ritzau Scanpix
The Erichsen project is in its second year alone. In 2017, a total of 110 tons of excess food was collected by 2,100 volunteers.
Food collected in the stores is given to welfare recipients, seniors, students or others who are struggling to make ends meet at Christmas.
The goods were distributed in schools, sports centers and other "food oases", including on a Greenland site.
Erichsen said he planned to continue his Christmas charity project next year.
"We will repeat this successful adventure, although I do not know yet if we could do it differently," he said.
Rasmus Erichsen, second from left, launched the project in 2017. Photo: MartinSylvest / Ritzau Scanpix
Stop Spild Lokalt has volunteers in 104 different Danish cities and has established partnerships with major supermarket chains such as Coop, Salling Group and Aldi.
The founder of the group, who studies innovation and marketing, won the 2017 Fællesskabsprisen Award, awarded to Denmark to entrepreneurs who make a valuable contribution to society.