The positive change after hurricane Irma

Helping the people of St. Maarten

The Freegan Food Foundation is established after the devastating hurricane Irma in 2017 hit the island of St. Maarten. The founders, DJ and Joost, lived on the island from 2010 - 2013 and moved back to Holland after. When they saw what Irma did to the island, they wanted to do something for the people on St. Maarten, but didn’t know what was really necessary. So when a close friend asked them to share out free meals for the people in need, they immediately said yes.

Joost and DJ started raising funds in Holland and in February 2018 they returned to the island for 5 weeks. They shared out 100 - 150 meals a day to the people who were still challenged after the hurricane. Coming back to Holland they felt the need to do more. So they started thinking: What if we get all the ‘waste’ from the supermarkets (fresh produce that has a dent, or food that is close to the expiry dat) make that into meals and share those out to the people in need? We tackle two big problems: Food waste (30-40 % of all the food in the supermarkets never reaches our households) and we serve healthy, nutritious meals, for people who are not always able to do so.
And thus the foundation was born.

At this moment the foundation serves over 800 families every month with fresh fruits, vegetables, dry goods, but also clothing, furniture, books, toys; Anything that deserves a second life.

Our mission

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Our goals

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LEARN A BIT ABOUT US

MEET THE TEAM THAT MAKES IT HAPPEN

Dirkjan, or DJ

DIRKJAN JANSEN DE JONG

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

I want to achieve more awareness about a healthy lifestyle, in every aspect, that will benefit the earth and all its inhabitants

Joost de Jong

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jason

Jason Brisebois

Treasurer

Christel

Christel Horst

Chairperson

Mark

Mark Meijjer

Secretary

Liz

Liz Leux

Assistant Treasurer

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