The concept of BreadCycle began when several friends began discussing practical solutions to reduce food waste. They saw that small food retailers in the city were wasting seemingly inconsequential amounts of food that all told, added up to a great deal. The solution they formulated for this was to provide a simple logistical link between these suppliers and a those in Amsterdam who were most in need.
They began reaching out to cafes, bakeries and restaurants, with the intention of forming a simple network between the suppliers and a local soup kitchen. Using a 70-liter backpack and a couple of bikes, two volunteers began bringing bread and pastries from several shops to the soup kitchen. As the supply grew, and the groups requiring support began to see potential in the idea, BreadCycles administrative team recognized that vulnerable peoples in the city were not solely in need of food.There were other simple concrete ways they could be assisted in improving their situation.
Since February, we have been delivering seven days per week to our charity partners. With the growing involvement we anticipate to increase our delivery capacity by 100% by 2016.
Filling the Need
Statistics Netherlands calculates that there are approximately 27,000 people who are homeless. At the same time, there are an increasing number of people coming to Europe from countries rendered unlivable by famine and war. In 2014 there were also 76,658 refugees and approximately 24,000 requests for asylum, a 66% increase from 2013.
As this phenomena grows because addressing the needs of these vulnerable demographics, BreadCycle will be a directly mitigating the growth of critical-level poverty in the Netherlands and the endemic societal issues directly related to it.
Spartak is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria with a dual Bachelors degree in Economics and Business Administration. He also graduated with a masters of science in Financial Markets and Regulation from Duisenberg School of Finance. Spartak manages communications channels and aids in business strategy and long range planning for the organization.
Nate is a graduate of the American University in Bulgaria with a dual Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism/Mass Communications. He also graduated with a masters of science in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, specializing in Risk and Vulnerability. Nathaniel manages the volunteer team and is the editor-in-chief of the BreadCycle blog.
Margot van den Bergh
Margot is a graduate of University of Stellenbosch in South Africa with a bachelors in International Relations. She also graduated with a masters of science in Public Policy and Human Development from Maastricht University, specializing in Innovations, Institutions and Development. Margot conducts legal due diligence, researches and produces media content for communications channels.