Greek Group “We Can” Collects Unsold Food Stuffs for Needy

September 30, 2021

ATHENS – Not far removed from a near decade-long economic and austerity crisis that saw people pillaging through rubbish bins for food, Greeks are among the biggest food wasters in the European Union, but a group is working to collect unsold fruit and vegetables to distribute to the needy.

The non-governmental organization (NGO) Bouroume – Greek for “We Can” said it wants to reduce the amount of food tossed out and gets the goods from producers and traders.

It has been operating since 2011, when the austerity crisis was in its early stages and hurting workers, pensioners and the poor the most, with almost no government programs to help or feed the most vulnerable.

The NGO has distributed more than 50 million portions of food from thousands of donors to more than 600 charities all over Greece, while over 500 tons of uneaten fruit and vegetables have been saved since 2015, when it started its cooperation with three farmers’ markets in Athens, said Kathimerini.

“There are indications from research in our country that we are among the most wasteful in Europe,” said Boroume head Anna Kampouropoulou.

Each Greek wastes an average of 142 kilos (313 pounds) of food per year, it is estimated, the report said, adding that only 36 percent of households say they do toss out any food while 12.4 percent of the country’s population are faced with food insecurity. That amounts to some 1.34 million people in all regions.


Small batch cooking is a method particularly well suited for smaller households.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


What is proven, and quite clearly indeed by the article which is published in this edition of The National Herald titled ‘Church of Crete Sends Letter to Patriarch Bartholomew Telling Him Not to Interfere’, regarding the ongoing issues within the Semi-Autonomous Church of Crete, is the fact that Patriarch Bartholomew has become a captive of his own choices in general.

BOSTON – The Semi-Autonomous Church of Crete, through its Holy Eparchial Synod, sent a letter on Tuesday, April 30 to Patriarch Bartholomew in response to his inquiry about his rights regarding the Patriarchal Monasteries of the island, telling him not to interfere administratively with them, according to information obtained by The National Herald.

Fifty years ago, Syrian President Hafiz al-Assad hosted U.

‘A healthy diet’ is often a complex term, because as science progresses, research becomes more abundant, information becomes complex, and it's difficult to navigate.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.