In Europe in the last 4 months the COVID-19 crisis has brought not only grief and suffering but also a new food emergency. The demand for food has increased by up to 50% compared to the pre-coronavirus period. The outlook for the coming months is certainly not better.
In 2018, Eurostat estimated 36 million European citizens in material deprivation, but now millions more people are in need and for the first time they are asking for help to put something to eat at the table.
“The 430 Food Banks operating in Europe have done everything possible, despite a thousand difficulties, to continue the distribution of food to the charities that every day meet the need of fathers, mothers, elderly and young people. At the same time many people have helped us: citizens, businesses and public administrations. Unfortunately, the river of poverty continues to swell, and the risk of overflowing is high. For this reason, we have gratefully accepted the proposal of the Blues4people band and the Original Blues Brothers Band to make a video with them. The song and the images don’t want to make us forget what’s happening. On the contrary, they send one clear message: it’s possible to work and struggle even in difficult situations (see the example of doctors and nurses) but all our work is not enough. We need more and more people to give us a hand, immediately. Making a donation is not the reward for our effort but the support for those who can trust in your commitment to solidarity. We cannot do it alone.” says Jacques Vandenschrik, President of the European Food Banks Federation.
European Food Banks remain open to prevent food waste and redistribute food. They are operating in a new and increasingly complex environment: an increased demand for food, a shortage of volunteers, a drop in financial resources. Today their support is more and more essential to meet the needs of charities and those most in need.
In the last 4 months the demand for food has increased up to 50% compared to the pre-coronavirus period. It can be expected that in 2020 the trend of severely materially deprived people will dramatically rise. The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) daily supports its members in this challenging period.
The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is a European non-profit organization and works in collaboration with 24 Full Members and 5 Associate Members in European countries.
For almost 35 years, FEBA mission has consisted in representing its membership at European and international level, supporting and strengthening Food Banks in Europe by providing training, sharing best practice and knowledge, and developing partnerships, and fostering the creation of new Food Banks.
FEBA brings together 421 Food Banks and branches which are committed to fight against food waste and to feed the most deprived. Our members provide 4.3 million meals each day to 9.3 million most deprived people through 45,700 charitable organizations thanks to the professionalism of 31,700 co-workers (85% volunteers).
In addition to surplus food from the food supply chain, FEBA members also redistribute food from the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD) and the Fruits and Vegetables withdrawal scheme, as well as from individual donations.