In Europe, in 2014, 122 million people (24.4%) were at risk of poverty or social exclusion and among them 55 million (9.6%) were not able to afford a quality meal every second day. At the same time, 90 million tons of food are wasted every year [https://www.eurofoodbank.eu/]. As many other territories in Europe, Asturias produces about 388,200 t/y Mixed Municipal Waste (369 kg/person/year), out of which food waste reaches about 105,600 t/y. Accordingly to the principles of the European hierarchy on waste, prevention should be the first option to reduce such a huge amount of food waste.
COOMIDA (“coFood” in English) is an innovative technological and cooperative tool aimed to ease food donation (including food surplus), thus reducing food waste generation. COOMIDA connects donors, food bank, volunteers, and charities receiving food through a collaborative network for an efficient and sustainable management of food donations. Innovative KDD and gamification approaches aim to boost COOMIDA performances to improve networking and ease decision-making. COOMIDA is especially powerful in the case of perishable food surplus and small or decentralized donations, which could exceed a conventional food bank management capacity. COOMIDA informs users about the hygienic&sanitary&legal requirements, and connects donations with charities of the food bank network to ensure that requirements are met.
COOMIDA (stage 1) was launched during EWWR 2016, presenting the tool to the society to collect expressions of interest of citizens and organisations.
COOMIDA (stage 2) has been fully developed during the last months, and will be launched in November’17 during EWWR’17.