1816 - Freeing Argentina from Hunger

1816 uses technology to retrieve edible food that is about to be discarded and distributes it among those in want of it. It uses crowdsourcing and geo-location technologies to connect food donors and community kitchens to check food wastage and feed those in need. It uses simple technology that allows food donors to notify about food availability so that food banks and community kitchens can place their orders. 1816 uses verified drivers to receive a notification and take the food to those who need it most. The model tracks the delivery of food which allows total control during its transportation and ensures safe delivery at its destination.

1816 is a joint program of the National Foodbanking Network of Argentina (NFBNA) and Nilus, a start-up that develops and applies technology to reduce food waste. Nilus aspires to digitalize the food rescue industry in Argentina. They started a pilot project with the food bank of Rosario and have already developed, tested and implemented three technology products serving 200 community kitchens. They work with a small network of 15 drivers ensuring last mile delivery in the region.

Over a billion tons of edible food is wasted per year releasing 3.3 gigatons of impure energy into the atmosphere. Argentina wastes 16 million tons while 1/5 of its children remain undernourished. In 2017, the national food banking network of the country saved almost 10 million kilos of food, distributing it to 3,320,000 beneficiaries, and prevented 25,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions. And yet, this just accounts for 0.16% of the food wasted. The technological and logistics systems of Argentinian food banks are not efficient. Together with NFBNA,  Nilus digitizes food banks and even creates digital banks where physical food banks do not operate.

In Argentina, 1816 and NFBN through their network of 15 food banks and 7 associated groups reach over 332.000 beneficiaries of which 70% are children. Their food deliveries to community and soup kitchens located in low-income neighborhoods and slums serve around 150 beneficiaries each day. They also generate income for the drivers taking the food out for delivery. Instead of having each community kitchen picking up their food, the technology allows combined delivery for 3-4 kitchens in one trip, saving money and reducing emissions. When retailers donate food they use their own packaging or recycled boxes to check packaging waste.

Nilus is a non-profit social venture with a small but passionate team using technology and sharing economic models to reduce food loss and waste. They use dashboards to manage trips, register drivers, community kitchens, combined trips and many other features along with a drivers app giving them access to the app and a screen with all trips available. The community kitchens app notifies about food availability and allows them to request food and transportation. They assign trips to locally verified drivers and engage local people to develop the technology and run the logistics. The community kitchens pay a subsidized fee of 0.15 USD(about 15% of the market value) for the logistics involved in getting, classifying and distributing the food to their premises. For each new kilo rescued using the Nilus's technology, the food banks and Nilus split the revenue in half.

  • In the absence of a donors app, the donors call the food bank to inform about food availability triggering a push notification to community kitchens.
  • Each kitchen has a designated day to make food requests and a maximum and minimum amount of each food item to be requested.
  • The beneficiary has the option to go get the food from the food bank's premises on their own means or request for the delivery trip.
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Key Facts

Organization: Nilus
Website: https://nilus.online/
Contact: Ady Beitler
Email: ale@nilus.org
Operating in: Argentina, Uruguay, Puerto Rico


Food & Agriculture