WHAT IS MANZER PARTAZER?

MANZER PARTAZER is the the first food sharing project of Mauritius. Our aim is to reduce the wastage of high quality ready to eat food by simply sharing it!

We ‘save’ food which would otherwise go to waste, such as buffet leftovers in hotels or restaurants, donating it to people in need through a very simple and no-cost food sharing system.

Our initiative is based on a direct food sharing approach which create a win-win situation for both who donate and who receive food whilst keeping in mind all food safety  and legal implications:

On one side we are working together with food donors such as hotels, restaurants and caterers, supermarkets and bakery shops, etc. who are collecting and make available for us their food surpluses, making an environmental and social commitment, while cutting down on waste disposal costs at the same time!

On the other side, we link our food donors with food receivers (local NGO’s, community centers, orphanages, retired houses, community schools) who are ready and committed to receive the donated food and distribute/share among the people most in need improving the quality of their meals and nutrition while cutting down on cooking and shopping costs at the same time!

  • Food distribution
  • Food distribution
  • Happy recipients
  • Happy recipients

WHY FOOD SHARING AT ZERO COST?

Manzer Partazer has no-cost involved in its whole food sharing system. The beauty of our food sharing system, compared to the classic food banks which are existing in many developing and developed countries, is that no additional packaging, storage, transport and re-processing or cooking costs are required for both food donors and food receivers. In fact the food is collected for free, distributed by the hotel staff using existing transport daily routes at no extra cost and is received in very short time with no storage costs and finally shared by our focal points/volunteers free of charge within their own communities’ centres, schools and/or orphanages.

The whole system is based on a combination of lessons learned and successful experiences from other similar projects in other parts of the world and is designed in the way that maximizes the use of available resources giving great visibility of all our partners the food donors putting in evidence their commitment to a more sustainable Mauritius.

HOW THE FOOD SHARING WORKS?

Step 1: Food recuperation

Food collection

Step 2: Transfer to food receivers

Food transportation

Step 3: Food donation

Food donation

The food remained in the hotel/restaurant buffet or in supermarket displays/stores is immediately collected at closing time by the food donor staff and placed in re-usable containers and stored in cooled isothermal boxes.

To minimize storage time, the boxes will leave the food donor straight away towards the donation point using the already existing staff transportation system (minibus-van). The box is entrusted to one of the designated staff who is travelling in the minibus/van from work to home.

The focal point from the selected food receiver organization (NGO, community center, school orphanage or retired house, etc. which are located in a town village along the route that the van does daily basis) meet the designated staff at the agreed donation point along the route. Only after the signature of the donation receipt and the liability disclaimer, the Food Donation Box is handed over. Still fresh and well preserved!

  • Food donation

HOW DO WE ENSURE FOOD SAFETY?

While the Manzer Partazer commitment is to keep food sharing and donation operations at zero cost, our aim is to also keep it at zero risk taking into serious consideration all hygiene and food safety aspects.

We firstly carefully assess and select our possible food donors and food receivers making sure they meet all requirements to ensure food safety. Our team accompany the food donors and receivers during the set-up of the food donation and distribution chain to make sure that all is done in line with the food safety requirement and the national legislation.

Moreover we minimize any risk of food spoilage distributing the food immediately after the closure of the buffet-RESTAURANTS-FOOD DONORS PREMISES making sure that it reaches the beneficiaries in hygienically sealed containers within three hours from having left the hotel kitchen.

Furthermore the persons involved in this process (as they are cooks, waitress, etc) are all holders of a ‘food handler certificate’ which legally enables them to carry the food with them until the donation point.

Not only, we also addressed the possible RISK of legal implications to food safety problems protecting legally all food donors through the use of a liability disclaimer. This minimize any risk of controversy within food donors and beneficiaries in terms of food safety which could affect the project. This is the legal basis for any food distribution and the key to avoid any complication and risk by simply making this project legally possible!

This comprehensive and detailed document has been finalized thanks to the guidance and experience of Ronni Khan from OZ harvest, with the help of an internationally renewed legal advisor and carefully revised by our Mauritian legal team.

Lastly our communication team work hand by hand with most media and press in the island to minimize the risk that any eventual controversy with beneficiaries in terms of food safety will not affect the visibility of the food donor and maximizing the visibility of the food donors putting in evidence their commitment to a more sustainable Mauritius.

OUR VISION AND MISSION

Our vision is an ambitious one: to make Mauritius become the first zero food waste country in the world.

Mauritius is a small country where people live in peace and support each-other so it can easily become a place where no good food gets wasted and all people have enough to eat.
To achieve that we have elaborated an action plan that broaden the Manzer Partazer focus onto not only food sharing but much more…

Contribute to poverty eradication and food waste reduction in Mauritius through promotion of food saving practices and food sharing
People in need