Decorated with second hand furniture, the inspiring Freegan Pony is a restaurant that fights “Food Waste” in Paris, France and is the only one of its kind in Europe. Volunteers recover unsold food from *Rungis market, bringing it back to the restaurant where they assist professional chefs in preparing meals that are a mix of French and world cuisine, inspired by the different countries the volunteers and chefs come from. At the end of their meal, patrons pay what they can afford.
The restaurant’s aim is to raise awareness about the global problem of food waste (learn more about it here), and to be empowered by a simple act: Eat Well. Learn about what you are eating, how it was produced, where it comes from and how to cook it.
The Freegan Pony space is also an art gallery, concert space, and a community center with distribution programs for needy Parisians and refugees.
The restaurant is packed ever night since opening a year ago.
*Rungis is The Marché International de Rungis (or Rungis International Market), the principal market of Paris, located in the commune of Rungis, in the southern suburbs. It is the largest wholesale food market in the world, at 573 acres.