European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Committee of the Regions (CoR) have confirmed its commitment towards food management by making a model of sustainable canteen. Some of the practices that have been introducing in the canteen through a well-organized process over the years was the thoughtful and effective food reusability, the selection of sustainable certified products, the regular offer of organic and vegetarian food and the regular redistribution of some food oversupplies. The aim of this model canteen is to reduce the phenomenon of food wastage and to protect the environment from agriculture negative effects.
The CoR/EESC canteen it is a strong example of sustainability, since reduction of food wastage was equal to 5 % (annual average). This attainment has been placed them as the first and only European institutions that take place in the donation of food and implementation of excellence standards in terms of food sustainability. Importantly, the canteen is among the first 8 canteens certified by the Brussels-Capital Region with the “Label Good Food”.
Ιt is worth mentioning that CoR/EESC canteen uses local, seasonal food, produced by responsible farming around Brussels. Seafood is sustainably sourced since it is environmentally friendly without any endangered species. In addition, food waste and or any other kinds of waste are monitored and progressively reduced. Also, the products that are not available locally, for example bananas, coffee, fruit juice, pineapple, tea, chocolate, rice, dried fruit, etc. are derived in the canteen from fair trade. This supports providing decent working conditions and promoting a sustainable local economy and fair trading conditions for farmers and workers in developing countries by ensuring that they receive a fair wage for their work.