Tischlein deck dich and Schweizer Tafel food redistribution charities
Since 2005, we have been donating excellent-quality food that has passed its sell-by but not its best-before date to the organizations Tischlein deck dich, Schweizer Tafel and since 2017 also to the regional organisation "Aufgetischt statt Weggeworfen" free of charge. We also donate products that have only just passed their best-before date but are still in perfect condition to these three organisations.
Each day, Schweizer Tafel distributes more than 16 tonnes of food free of charge across 6 Swiss regions to over 500 social institutions such as emergency accommodation centres, charitable organizations, soup kitchens and homes. The deliveries ease the strain on the chefs there, who are often working to very tight budgets.
Food deliveries made by Tischlein deck dich relieve the strain on the household budgets of the 21 000 people affected by poverty who are able to buy food for one symbolic franc at 141 distribution points across Switzerland each week.
In 2013, in partnership with the members of the Swiss retailers' association IG DHS, we created the Foodbridge, a joint industry solution based on this model. Together, all members support the organizations Schweizer Tafel and Tischlein deck dich with annual donations of CHF 665 000 as well as product donations.
From 2019 to 2021, we were also a partner in the Pusch Foundation's nationwide "Save Food, Fight Waste" campaign.
In the event of seasonal over-production, we run targeted promotions to promote sales. We also offer fruit and vegetables that are unusual in shape, size or appearance as a tasty alternative under our own-label brand Ünique.