In the year 2009 began Raphael Fellmer with the "garbage dipping", also called "containers". He saved food from the dumpsters of supermarkets to save them from destruction.
After an 15-month trip from the Netherlands to Mexico, which he hitchhiked with cars and ships, he started a money strike to raise awareness of the consequences of our throwaway society. More than 800 millions of people are starving while one third of the food produced is thrown away worldwide. These foods could provide all hungry people fourfold. Using his own example, Raphael wanted to show how important it is for each individual to take responsibility and oppose climate change and, in particular, food waste.
The beginning of food rescue movement
2012 convinced Raphael Fellmer the CEO of the "Bio Company", the largest organic supermarket chain in Berlin, of his concept of passing on surplus food instead of disposing of it. This first cooperation was the initial spark of the food rescue movement. The volunteers could combine something useful with something useful! The concept is simple: At each participating company, surplus, but still edible food is collected and redistributed at the agreed time. Above all, the retail trade, bakeries, restaurants etc. are involved.
2013 created Raphael Wintrich, a passionate programmer, the food rescue platform.
Together with Raphael Fellmer, he adapted the software to the needs of the community - Lebensmittelretten.de was born and gave wings to the movement, which was spreading rapidly throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
2014 merged with Lebensmittelretten.de foodsharing.de, a non-profit organization that originally allowed individuals to share surplus food.
4 years foodsharing
Thanks to the great media interest in foodsharing and in particular Raphael Fellmer's money strike and his commitment to food wastage, the idea quickly became known. Not only did Raphael pay more attention to the worldwide waste of around 1,3 billion tons of food, but with its concept of food saving, it provided a practical solution for all people in German-speaking countries. Today, foodsharing has more than 170.000 users and 23.000 food saviors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Volunteers who regularly pick up unsold food at 3.000 establishments share this food with friends, neighbors, the needy and charitable organizations.
Thanks to this unique track record, more than 470.000 pickups have been organized over the last four years, equivalent to 6,7 million kg of salvaged food! This makes foodsharing one of the fastest growing movements of its kind, with more than a million hours of volunteer work already.
Raphael Fellmer ended his money strike after five and a half years with the conviction that he could use financial help even greater impact to save even more food from destruction. Together with Martin Schott, who had been involved in the development of the food rescue platform since the beginning of the movement, he again tried on a voluntary basis, the foodsharing software with the project yunity to internationalize. However, the two left the project after eight months to reduce food waste with a professional approach. This time they did not want to leave anything to chance and pay fair salaries so that people who are professionally and passionately opposed to the global waste of food can concentrate fully on their jobs.
Welcome to our 3 Co-Founder
In the summer of 2016, Raphael and Martin teamed up with Alexander Piutti, a passionate serial entrepreneur and seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of digitalization and startup experience. The three of them founded the Startup Sharecy - an impact business that aims to make the world a better place by connecting all parties involved in the supply chain from farmer to end user to sustainably reduce food waste.
Sharecy wants to help small and large NGOs involved in food rescue - such as food tablets and foodsharing - using the latest technology to network with each other and to create synergies.
In order to bring more appreciation to all those foods that have so far left the value chain at central warehouses, farmers, manufacturing factories, etc., and finally bring them back into circulation, Sharecy will create a digital marketplace for surplus food to save and redistribute from food to a part of modern circular economy. In the course of this, we network "supply" and "demand" with state-of-the-art technology solutions and bring together all those involved under one roof: companies in the food and logistics industry, grocers and producers as well as restaurateurs and consumers. The goal is to have a strong and sustainable impact in order to massively combat and minimize food waste on a global scale. With the proceeds from the commercial model of Sharecy, we are financing the free support of charities and initiatives that fight against waste.