Founded in 1946, the Social Service of Commerce is a private and non-profit organization, with the objective of providing welfare and quality of life to workers in this sector and their families, in addition to the population in general. Children, young people, adults and the elderly benefit from activities in the areas of Education, Health, Culture, Leisure and Assistance, always encouraging solidarity, human dignity and social transformation.
This is Sesc RJ’s food security program. A national network of food banks that fight hunger and waste, taking from those who can donate to those who need to receive. Thus, citizenship and improvement in the quality of life of people in situations of social vulnerability are promoted in a perspective of social inclusion, which also includes several educational actions.
Mesa no Campo
The project was born through a partnership between Sesc RJ and the Association of Farmers of Salinas Nova Friburgo – APROSOL. The project aims to stimulate the harvesting of food outside of the commercialization standards due to the strict selection criteria related to size, appearance, etc., but that could perfectly be on the table of any consumer.
They are not harvested due to the high cost of the necessary infrastructure for their logistics, becoming a fertilizer for the next planting. This procedure is common among farmers, which has aroused the possibility of relying on these foods to fight hunger, and consequently serve as a model for combating food waste and sustainable development in our state. And most importantly, donate fresh food with less loss of nutrients and a longer storage period.