COVID-19: from health to social emergency

A Social Emergency Fund to secure the activity of European Food Banks

In these challenging times, from Tromsø to Malta, from Lisbon to Kiev, European Food Banks across Europe are doing what they do best – recovering surplus food to assist charitable organizations and feed people in need.

The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting Europe hard. The current health emergency will most likely be followed by a social emergency due to an economic crisis.

In such situation it is necessary to respond to the emergency today but also to plan a set of actions to meet future challenges.

For these reasons, the European Food Banks Federation is launching a European COVID-19 Social Emergency Fund, an effort to secure the activity of European Food Banks.

The COVID-19 Social Emergency Fund is established to support the activity of the European Food Banks Federation and its members during the Covid-19 crisis and to meet costs or financial obligations that may occur to address the social emergency in the near future. This Fund is essential to ensure European Food Banks can support charitable organizations and to the most vulnerable people in our society.

We call on corporations, foundations, organizations, and private citizens to join efforts and contribute to the funding of the European COVID-19 Social Emergency Fund.

We need the commitment of each person for the good of all, to tackle this crisis today and tomorrow.




Donors & Supporters

It is in challenging times like these that illuminate just how indispensable Food Banks are to communities across Europe, and the world. General Mills is proud to support the hunger fighting work of the European Food Banks Federation.
Nicola Dixon
Executive Director, General Mills Foundation
For well over 10 years Kellogg's has been inspired by the work of Food Banks, and we have taken great pride in the way we've worked together to help people in need. During this time of crisis, we are very happy to provide extra support so that Food Banks can do what they need to redistribute more food to more people in need.
Bruce Learner
European Social Responsibility Manager, Kellogg Europe
Such an unprecedented time underscores the critical importance of a safe, affordable food supply, particularly meat, milk and eggs. And the needs are growing. There is no better time than during an urgent philanthropic need to launch our newly created Elanco Foundation to deliver on our promise of health by increasing access to healthy animal protein for all people. We challenge everyone to help us ‘fill the banks'.
Jeff Simmons
President and CEO, Elanco
Our mission is to empower global change agents in food and nutrition. It is our hope that this donation will help empower European Food Banks to continue to do this important work within our communities here in Europe.
Erin Kappelhof
Managing Partner, Eat Well Global
TI has been cooperating with FEBA for several years. In these challenging times it’s even more important to support the ones who are in need the most and to help FEBA keeping up the wonderful work they’re doing. Therefore we’re more than happy to join forces with FEBA, to donate as a company and to coordinate donations of our employees in Europe.
Andreas Schwaiger
Managing Director, Texas Instrument Germany
Our hearts go out to all those already affected by COVID-19’s rapid spread. At BlackRock, we are committed to supporting people impacted by this global crisis, especially in the communities where we operate.

If we are in a good situation, we should not only be proud of what
we have achieved. We should also think about others, who have not been so lucky. Also our situation can change every day. So let's help each other to become a better world.

Michael Baldauf

Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH

I want to help the European Food Banks to redistribute food to charities and people in need during the COVID-19 crisis. This is urgent.

Alexandre Titinsneider

Texas Instruments

Keep up the good work!

Martin Volkers

Texas Instruments Deutschland GmbH

I want to help others.

Negoslav Bagic

Texas Instruments

You are doing an important job in Europe as well as our local town. My company support FEBA because you operate in all the countries and cities we have offices.

David Prosser

Texas Instruments

For me supporting FEBA is so important because you are helping those who are in need the most. Kudos to FEBA and their partners for all the amazing work you do!

Andrea Hauptfleisch

Texas Instruments

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About the European Food Banks Federation

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.

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