The Tübinger Tafel (Tübingen Food Bank) has made it its mission to collect surplus food and food waste, and to give this to people in need. Established in 1998, the food bank is run today by around 130 voluntary workers and has become an integral part of Tübingen’s cityscape. Over time the old premises on Katharinenstrasse became too small and the association saw the need to act, as more and more residents from Tübingen and the region started using the service. After a three-year search for bigger spaces, management found somewhere near Tübingen’s railway freight depot.
As a non-profit association, the food bank is reliant on donations and sponsors, and this was also the case when it came to converting the new premises for the Tübinger Tafel. “When we were planning the new location, I tried to rely on handymen and manufacturers from the surrounding region as much as possible,” says Gottfried Esslinger, deputy chairman of the Tübinger Tafel. “That’s why I got in touch with your executive board, who responded right away and registered their interest.” Planning began immediately after an initial meeting had taken place, in which RIDI Leuchten GmbH, together with the management of the food bank, planned the installation of the lighting in the food bank’s new location and then implemented it. Donations included several FPL LED recessed luminaires for the large storage rooms as well as swivelling FROGG recessed downlights for accented lighting. “The generous support in terms of the provision of the lighting is an important contribution to the interior design of the Tübinger Tafel’s new location,” says Esslinger. “I want to say a massive thank you again to RIDI Leuchten for providing our lights.”