* Do you want to engage in volunteer community-based work?
* Are you interested in helping reduce food waste while helping others in need?
Then, we are looking for YOU!
About the initiative:
Since November 2018, ACG through the Office of Public Affairs initiated a collaboration with the NGO Boroume (“We Can”) by adopting a farmers’ market to help reduce food waste and fight malnutrition. In November 2021, we adopted a second farmers’ market, offering more volunteer options to our community.
The initiative is simple. Every Monday a group of ACG members (students, faculty, and staff) meet and to go together at the markets’ closing time to gather produce, donated by vendors, from the market stands. Representatives from the organizations where the food is donated are there to pick up the produce gathered by us. ACG has adopted two markets that both take place on Mondays:
- Cholargos market: This requires about 4-5 volunteers. We meet at 14:15 outside the Deree Admissions Office and return on campus around 16:15 – 16:30. The produce gathered is donated to and support the philanthropic activities of “The Association for the Protection of Children and Individuals with Disabilities” at Cholargos.
- Gerakas market: This is a smaller market and required 2-3 volunteers. We meet at 13:10 at the Main Gate and return on campus around 14:30. This initiative supports the special needs center ‘Hara’ (“Joy”) at Pallini.
Transportation to and from the markets is provided by ACG.
What is our impact so far?
Since November 2018 we have gathered 9,932 kg of fruits and vegetables, equating to approximately 40,000 meals! A total of 667 volunteer hours have been offered by members of the ACG Community.
Boroume is a non-profit organization whose mission to reduce food waste and to fight malnutrition in Greece aligns perfectly with the ACG sustainability efforts in terms of social responsibility and community engagement.