The general aim of the Zero Waste Movement is to promote the use of all leftover food products by distributing them to people who lack food under controlled food hygiene and safety conditions, thereby eliminating waste. After the pilot phase was validated in 2014, the initiative was recognised by the FAO as an example of good practice to be replicated globally. In the meantime, the scaling-up phase began with funding provided by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Lisbon Town Council. Both bodies also participated in this phase of the project.
By December 2015, the Zero Waste Movement had been implemented in seven municipalities and was responsible for distributing over 2,500,000 meals worth over €6 million. Involving 142 donor entities and 56 receiving entities, the initiative reaches 9370 beneficiaries.