Did you know that on average 3 to 5% of the potatoes stay in the fields after the harvest? That is why McCain organized on 6 and 7 October, in collaboration with the Belgian Federation of Food Banks, the Belgian “Patathon”: a unique potatoes gleaning action. This practice consists in picking the leftovers potatoes in the fields after the harvest.
Last year, the first edition of this social action was such a success that McCain decided to do it again this year, in two cities of Belgium: Tourinnes and Putte.
In Tourrines, 150 persons gleaned 1.4 tons of potatoes for the food banks. In Putte, the gleaning was impossible because of the harvest conditions, so the 150 participants filled in bags of 5 kilo’s of potatoes to a total quantity of 1 ton, and give them to the food banks.
This initiative was the perfect way to fight against food waste and help people in need while spending a good moment all together.