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On Tuesday, Princess Marie visited FoedevareBanken – the Danish Food Bank- in Copenhagen, as part of her involvement in the fight against food waste in Denmark. The NGO’s motto is “From Food Waste to Meals” (‘Fra Madspild til Maltid’)
FoedevareBanken is a nonprofit organization fighting food waste and food poverty in Denmark. The Danish Food Bank fights food waste while ensuring better food to socially disadvantaged people in Denmark: “On the one hand, huge amounts of food are discarded on a daily basis in the food sector. This means a waste of resources and it causes a great strain on the environment. On the other hand, some of the most disadvantaged people in our society are often denied the opportunity for a daily and nutritious meal, which is of vital importance to their health.”
Princess Marie was received by Karen-Inger Thorsen, Managing Director John Køppler and Project Manager Marie Uldall. During the visit, she visited the Food Bank’s warehouse and was given an introduction to how the Food Bank and the organization’s 250 volunteers handle surplus food from industry and food producers and allocate it to schools organizations for socially disadvantaged in Denmark. They also have stores in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Kolding. The organization doesn’t receive food that is over the consumption date but food that – for many different reasons-can not be sold. This may be due to errors on the label, seasonal items, overproduction, short date or other conditions.
Princess Marie also had the opportunity to see a van being filled with a lot of sweets that were going to be delivered to socially disadvantaged people later in the day. She also met some of the volunteers who spoke about their work at the Food Bank.
The Danish Food Bank was founded as a voluntary association in January 2008. Thus the organization is the first initiative amongst the Nordic countries to not only reduce food waste systematically and on a large scale, but also provide healthy food to socially disadvantaged people. The Danish Food Bank only receive food from the food sector and warehouses: ” We receive a fresh surplus of food from producers, warehouses, and wholesales. 6 days a week our volunteers collect and redistribute the food to organizations working with socially disadvantaged kids, young people and adults. Our work is made possible due to the support from the many volunteering people and organizations supporting us; food donors wanting to donate their fresh surplus food, organizations wishing to receive food, volunteers offering their labor and time and last, but not least businesses and private citizens supporting The Danish Food Bank financially or with knowhow.”
The Danish Food Bank is also supported financially by foundations. Indeed, in 2013 The Danish Food Bank received 7 million euros from the VELUX FOUNDATION covering the period from 2013-2017: “The purpose of this donation was to help The Danish Food Bank expand to East Jutland, to strengthen the organization and to develop a strategy for income, thereby ensuring the organization as a financially sustainable organization.”
Princess Marie has been very involved in the fight against food waste in the past few years. She works with the Stop Wasting Food Movement (Stop Spild Af Mad), and she is Patron of the Better Food for More People – World Food Summit. She has given several interviews about the initiative and her personal experience and she also welcomed school children in her private home to teach them how to avoid food waste as much as possible.
After her visit, Princess Marie said to Billed-Bladet: “I am very impressed that so many volunteers work here. They help to distribute food to the whole country. It is a very good organization”
About the visit, the Food Bank’s Director Karen-Inger Thorsen said: “We met a very dedicated and knowledgeable princess who clearly burns for the area of food waste and who was very well-prepared. A great pleasure!”
You can view a video here.
For this event, Princess Marie wore a recycled outfit. She chose her black and white Tara Jarmon clover-printed dress.
She paired it with her favorite Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch and ufo black pumps dating back to 2015.
She wore new Christine Hvelplund alphabet earrings. She chose an A and H for Athena and Henrik, just like her Christine Hvelplund alphabet necklace. She also wore a new Hermes black leather bracelet (with thanks to Nuria for the close-up photo).
We’ll next see Princess Marie on September 16th when she and Prince Joachim will attend the official opening of the ‘EventyrDronningen’ exhibition with Queen Margrethe.
Today, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were in Fredericia to attend ceremonies commemorating Flag Day. Flag Day takes place on September 5th each year and honors those who have served for Denmark and every year between 2011 and 2016, either the Crown Prince Couple or Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attended the ceremonies in Copenhagen. However, since last year, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary attend the ceremonies in Copenhagen while Prince Joachim and Princess Marie attend the ceremonies in another city.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie first visited Ryes Kaserne were they were received by Colonel Soren Andersen. There, they took part in a wreath-laying ceremony.
Afterward, they attended a service at St Michaelis Church before attending a military parade.
In the afternoon, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie were received at Meldahls Town Hall where they met representatives from a shelter for veterans.
Prince Joachim and Princess Marie then walked from the Town Hall to Klojhuset. This walk gave them the opportunity to meet with the crowd waiting for them.
In Klojhuset, Prince Joachim and Princess Marie took part in a lunch with veterans where one local veteran held a speech.
For the first time, Prince Nikolai also took part in the Flag Day ceremonies. Indeed, Prince Nikolai is now a student at Haerens Sergentskole in Varde and the school also had its own ceremony to commemorate the day.
For these somber ceremonies, Princess Marie wore her Giorgio Armani Fall 2009 jacket with a new white printed dress from Peserico, an Italian brand (with thanks to an anonymous reader). This jacket is her “funeral” jacket as she only wears it to attend somber events or funerals. The last time she wore it was for Prince Henrik’s funeral.
She paired the outfit with her new favorite combo: her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen ‘Aicha’ clutch. She wore the same accessories in Odense yesterday. Her earrings and her fascinator are old but sadly I don’t have any IDs for them.
We’ll next see Princess Marie on Saturday when she’ll attend a DEMA event in Grasten.
On Tuesday, Princess Marie was in Odense to take part in the official welcome ceremony of new international students at the University of Southern Denmark.
Princess Marie has been working with the SDU since 2009. Since she herself studied abroad and she has also learned a new culture and a new language upon becoming a Princess of Denmark, she works with the SDU to improve the experience of the new international students each year and to help strengthen the knowledge of university education and research.
After the ceremony, Princess Marie had the opportunity to meet with several students along with Principal Henrik Dam. Almost 1.000 international students from 83 different countries will spend this semester studying at SDU and Princess Marie said she was very happy to see that there were so many students interested in studying in Denmark.
Princess Marie wore a new Tara Jarmon black silk blouse. She wore the same blouse in red during the first day of the French state visit. She paired the blouse with her black Chanel skirt.
She wore her Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ black suede pumps and her Carlend Copenhagen clutch. I believe her earrings might be new but I couldn’t find a good close up of them to be sure.