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Food Rescue- Portugal

  • Europe, Portugal, Porto
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  • Duration : 1 to 12 Weeks

Program Highlights

  • Be part of the solution to address food insecurity and promote sustainable practices.
  • Explore the beautiful city of Porto while making a positive difference.
  • Immerse yourself in the local culture and connect with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Gain valuable volunteering experience and enhance your interpersonal skills.
  • Create lasting memories and friendships with like-minded individuals.
  • Travel with purpose and contribute to a global movement against food waste.

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:

Zero Hunger Reduced Inequality Sustainable Cities and Communities Partnerships to achieve the Goal

This program is ideal for

Volunteers who are passionate about combating food waste and helping those in need. Volunteers should possess qualities such as empathy, compassion, and a strong sense of social responsibility. They should be willing to work alongside local teams, collect excess food from various establishments, and participate in the organization and redistribution of food to families, elderly individuals, and homeless people. Volunteers will have the opportunity to make a tangible impact by fighting food waste and supporting those facing food insecurity in Porto.

Participate in our volunteer program in Porto, Portugal, and help fight food waste. Assist in gathering extra food from nearby eateries, stores, and coffee shops so that it can be given to those in need. Make a difference in your community and donate to a deserving organization."

Do you really want to make a difference and address the problem of food waste? By participating in our volunteer program in Porto, Portugal, you can actively address this issue. By collaborating with local teams to gather surplus food from restaurants, stores, and cafes, you can play a vital role in preventing high-quality food from being needlessly discarded. Together, we'll work towards efficiently organizing and distributing this rescued food to individuals in need. Explore the opportunities to contribute to the battle against food waste in the picturesque city of Porto.

The Issue of Food Waste in Portugal
Did you know that every day, more than 3000 people in Portugal are provided with food from social institutions that rescue perfectly good food from local restaurants, cafes, and supermarkets? Without your assistance through our program, this food would unfortunately find its way into landfills, exacerbating the problems associated with food waste and environmental degradation. Your volunteer involvement presents a tangible opportunity to address this urgent issue and effect meaningful change.

How Volunteers Make a Difference
The integral role of our volunteers is to provide vital support to a network of centers committed to the recovery and redistribution of high-quality food. These centers take on the responsibility of collecting food from local restaurants, supermarkets, and cafes, ensuring that valuable resources are not wasted. The rescued food is then distributed to families, the elderly, and homeless individuals facing critical circumstances, providing essential support to those in need.

Your Role as a Volunteer
As a volunteer, you will have the chance to work in various centers across Porto. You'll join local and international volunteers in a collective effort to reduce food waste. Your tasks may include:

  • Collecting excess food from local establishments.
  • Assisting with packaging the rescued food.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing used containers.
  • Sorting and storing leftover food for the next day.
  • Distributing food to families and individuals in need.
  • Participating in cleanup activities at the end of your shift.

Volunteer with us to truly impact the fight against food waste in Porto, Portugal. Helping with food rescue initiatives can guarantee that nutritious food gets to those who need it most. Engage in a worthwhile activity that helps the environment and your community. Volunteer for food rescue to assist us in bringing about positive change in Porto.


Explore the city's historic landmarks:

Visit the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge, one of Porto's most recognizable landmarks, and take in the panoramic views of the Douro River.

Discover the stunning architecture of Porto's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and admire the intricate tilework and ornate facades of buildings like the São Bento Train Station and the Church of São Francisco.

Sample local cuisine and wine:

Indulge in Portugal's delicious cuisine, including seafood dishes like grilled sardines, octopus, and bacalhau (salted cod).

Try Porto's famous port wine, produced in the Douro Valley, and explore the city's many wine cellars and tasting rooms.

Enjoy outdoor activities:

Take a stroll along the Ribeira waterfront and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Porto's cafes and restaurants.

Visit the beautiful beaches of Matosinhos or Vila Nova de Gaia, just a short drive from the city center.

Hike in the stunning natural parks and reserves surrounding Porto, such as the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês.

Attend cultural events and festivals:

Enjoy live music and entertainment at one of Porto's many music festivals, such as NOS Primavera Sound or MIMO.

Celebrate traditional Portuguese festivals and events, such as São João (Saint John's Day) or the Festival of St. Anthony.

Volunteer in other projects:

Join other volunteering projects in the area, such as environmental conservation, animal welfare or social projects.

Meet other volunteers and like-minded people who are passionate about making a positive impact in the world.


Your Volunteering journey simplified

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Pay a 15% deposit fee to secure your place at the volunteer program.

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