Learning about one day's trash from the group
Zerbst has about 20,000 inhabitants and is located just north of the middle Elbe River between Magdeburg and Wittenberg. The Zerbster Tafel was started by Diakonie in 2002 and has been an independent registered association since 2015. Five volunteers support the food distribution three days a week. With their commitment they help about 200 households.
In addition to their "normal" Tafel tasks, the volunteers also run a KinderTafel (“children’s table”), which is one of the projects supported by the national association because of its focus on the integration of refugees and the appreciation of food. The young participants have a chance to cook together once a week. They also go on excursions e.g. to visit farms, take care of plants and animals and learn about the environment and nutrition.
Last weekend, the KinderTafel put on a fun-filled, diverse program from Friday through Sunday revolving around food waste, recycling and pollution. Fifteen youth from Zerbst and kids from the Middle East who have recently found refuge there took part in the excursion to the environmental center Ronney in the Middle Elbe Biosphere Reserve.
They prepared delicious meals together out of food which was rescued by the Tafel. There was duck, carrots, corn, cabbage, cucumbers, salad, brussels sprouts, rice, pineapples, apples, bananas, custard, yogurt, cereals, breads, coldcuts, spreads, cheeses and much, much more. They discussed the energy that goes into food production, wasteful packaging, recycling and environmental pollution. Then they collected litter on the banks of the Elbe and learned about the history of the area. Afterwards the kids got to relax and enjoy a ferry ride across the river.
The nutritional habits and attitudes toward the environment formed during childhood can follow a person their whole life. This project aims to help socially marginalized kids from different backgrounds make good, healthy food choices and be critical, conscious consumers.
Litter collection: Shoes, tires, glass, plastic...
On a ride across the river
Preparing food that was saved by the Tafel