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 and Schweizer Tafel, free of charge. We also donate products that have only just passed their best-before date but are still in perfect condition to these two organizations.
Each day, Schweizer Tafel distributes more than 15 tonnes of food free of charge across 11 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 12 500 people affected by poverty who are able to buy food for one symbolic franc at 89 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 680 000 as well as product donations.
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.