On January 1, the Danish Refugee Council took over running Spisehuset Rub & Stub, the only initiative of its kind against food waste in Denmark. As a result, the volunteers running the eatery have the economic breathing space needed to continue developing the popular concept and serving meals made from surplus food in Huset-KBH.
The Danish Refugee Council wants to encourage innovative volunteer work. That’s why the humanitarian organization has offered to take over running Rub & Stub.
The volunteers behind the eatery have spent the past few turbulent months working hard to find a new partner. In September 2014, the non-profit restaurant had to start preparing for a life without the RETRO Association, the non-profit humanitarian organization that was the original partner and investor in Rub & Stub. The food waste project had simply grown too big during its first year to continue within the organization.
Working together towards social ends
”The partnership with the Danish Refugee Council is a very welcome development. We can once again concentrate on running and developing Rub & Stub, fighting food waste and creating the best environment for volunteer work,” says Sanne Stephansen, project manager at Rub & Stub.
”We’re extremely happy to have a new partner in the Danish Refugee Council. The philosophy of Rub & Stub is to use resources that might otherwise go to waste for human and economic benefit that can help others,” adds Rasmus Scheelke, one of the founding volunteers.
A unique volunteer initiative
Rub & Stub is the first eatery in Europe working directly to eliminate food waste by serving meals based on donated surplus foodstuffs from the food industry. But the most important ingredient is the effort of the many volunteers, working in the kitchen and waiting tables.
”Rub & Stub runs on contagious idealism and enthusiasm. As such, our involvement in Rub & Stub is a logical addition to our many volunteer projects, many of them through Frivillignet, where more than 5.500 Danes offer time and energy on being and doing something for other people,” says Anette Christoffersen, Head of Integration at the Danish Refugee Council. She hopes that in time, Rub & Stub will create the economic basis for similar volunteer startups and other initiatives for and with people in vulnerable situations.
Read more about…:
The Danish Refugee Council at www.drc.dk
Huset-KBH at www.huset-kbh.dk
Questions and answers on Rub & Stub’s transition from being a project under the RETRO Association to becoming a part of the Danish Refugee Council.
-Why did Spisehuset Rub & Stub need a new owner or partner?
Rub & Stub was opened in september 2013 as a volunteer project within the non-profit RETRO Association. Since then, the eatery has grown quickly and needs more space to continue developing. That’s why it was decided to set Rub & Stub free from January 1, 2015.
-What happens to the Rub & Stub Association?
The volunteers founded a new association in October 2014 to ensure the future of Rub & Stub in 2015 and onwards. The association has carrying out the task of finding a new owner or partner for the eatery and raising funds. Now that Rub & Stub has a new owner, the association will be disbanded. The decision is to be approved at the annual general meeting in the spring of 2015.
–What does the agreement with the Danish Refugee Council involve?
Spisehuset Rub & Stub will now become a social economic project within the Danish Refugee Council. All employees and fixtures will be transferred from RETRO to the Danish Refugee Council, which has also signed a new tenancy agreement with Huset-KBH.
Rub & Stub will open up after Christmas on January 13, 2015, and all future profits from Rub & Stub will go towards social project chosen in collaboration with the Danish Refugee Council.
–Why match Rub & Stub with the Danish Refugee Council?
The partnership works on several levels.
Rub & Stub is a logical addition to the many volunteer projects run bt the Danish Refugee Council, for example Sundhedscafeen, a project for newly arrived refugees and immigrants in Horsens.
The philosophy behind Rub & Stub is to use foods that might otherwise have gone to waste for charitable purposes. That will very much still be the case, when the eatery becomes a part of the Danish Refugee Council.
–What happens to the money raised for saving Rub & Stub in the past months?
A lot of people have supported our fundraising campaign ”Help us not get wasted!” and donated resources to ensure the future of Rub & Stub. This support has been vital to demonstrating Rub & Stub as an attractive concept, and the money will be used to strengthen the business and food waste concept going forward.