In Spain, leftovers are making the world a better place. In April, the Basque town of Galdakao set up Spain's first Solidarity Fridge. The Solidarity Fridge is a communal refrigerator, marked by a fence (lest it be mistaken for someone's discarded appliance), where people and businesses can deposit all the totally edible food they were going to throw away.
This Solidarity Fridge is the brainchild of Álvaro Saiz, a member of the city's volunteer association. The association was contemplating how much viable food supermarkets threw in the trash (which, if it is at all similar to the amount thrown out in America, is quite a lot), when Saiz realized they could replace one of those trash bins with a refrigerator. After receiving € 5,000 from the city to finance the fridge and test its health and safety, the association did just that and it's been a huge hit. Saiz likens it to the German food-sharing site, but more accessible for those who aren't comfortable with technology.
Though the fridge may help some of the town’s needier residents, it is intended more to fight food waste than poverty and hunger. As Saiz said, "This isn’t charity. It’s about making use of food that would otherwise end up in the bin. It doesn’t matter who takes it—Julio Iglesias [the best-selling Spanish-language singer of all-time] could stop by and take the food—at the end of the day, it’s about recovering the value of food products and fighting against waste.”