In the Netherlands, more than a million people live in poverty. The Food Banks help this group by temporarily providing them with food packages. Companies, institutions, municipalities and private persons donate the packages. In this way they help to reduce poverty and the food surplus and to reduce environmental impact.
The Food Bank aims to be a temporary solution for its customers. That’s why the Food Banks co-operate with the local organisations to help people get back on their own feet.
Times of crisis are extra difficult for the Food Banks. Companies are much less likely to give away their food stocks and, if they do, the food is usually almost past the expiry date. On the other hand, the number of families who need help increases.
The Corona crisis confronts the Food Banks with new issues, varying from lack of experienced personnel, because many of the older volunteers are forced to stay at home, to locations that are no longer suitable for their customers because of the social distancing measures.
That’s why it’s extra important to support the Food Banks in these times.
Donating directly to the Food Banks is also possible via the link staysafeengeef.nl