Bruised Food Club (BFC) has contributed since 2018 to a world without food waste and hunger. This blog post estimates how much money the food we save represents. 

It is not a secret that wasted food costs money. For example, in 2012, the value of wasted food in the world was USD 936 billion. It is in the range of the GDP of countries such as Indonesia or the Netherlands. This massive number indicates that the economic aspect of wasted food is as crucial as the mass. However, from the beginning, we measured only kilograms of saved food to track our activity. It was until our first-ever intern, Lisia, helped us estimate the financial contribution. 

The calculation cover 151 markets (<2 months of operation) that we held in the spring and summer of 2022. First, Lisia classified food into different categories, from baked goods, veggies, and fruits to meat, fish, and dairy. 

For each product in each category, Lisia found accurate prices. She used similar products that our partner bakeries and two big supermarket chains sell as a reference. The results are astonishing. During this period, we saved 112,000 kronor and distributed it to approximately 600 participants. That represents 1.6 tons of food that could have been thrown away. In the pie chart below, you can see the distribution of costs across food categories. Not surprisingly, bread and pastries take up the most – 72%.

Our average numbers look impressive too: 56,000 kronor per month, with 8,000 kronor per market.

Distribution of cost across food categories

This money is still a tiny part of the global value. But we at BFC are very proud of our contribution. We will continue fighting food waste, and maybe one day, we will see a future where our work is not needed anymore.

Written by Lisia MITSOKO OKIA

Edited by Shimchenko Marina

Published by bruisedfoodclubuppsala

Non-profit organisation that saves food, reduces food waste and hunger and promotes sustainable food consumption.


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