Hybrid event
14:00 - 16:00 CET

Interpretation will be available in English and French

The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) and the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires are jointly organising the conference “EU solidarity through food – A comparative approach on innovative synergies to support the most deprived” in Strasbourg (France) on 17 February 2022 in the context of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union (1 January 2022 – 1 July 2022).

The intention is to arrange the event under the umbrella of the Conference on the Future of Europe in order to contribute with results to its objective and provide guidance on the tackling of future challenges and exploitation of opportunities related to food aid for the most deprived.

Different experiences and best practices will be shared from a range of EU Member States on innovative and efficient ways to create synergies between different EU funds. For this reason, the conference will bring together representatives from European institutions as well as French authorities, FEBA Members, and other stakeholders, to foster the dialogue and shape resilient partnerships for the benefit of communities and vulnerable groups.

Programme

Welcome and opening remarks 

  • Irène WEISS, Regional Councillor, Grand Est Region
  • Constant Rebeil, President, Banque Alimentaire du Bas-Rhin
  • Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs

 

European and national comparative approaches 

  • Jacques Vandenschrik, President, European Food Banks Federation
  • Claude Baland, President, Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires
  • Virginie Lasserre, Director General of Social Cohesion, Ministry of Solidarity and Health 
  • Sabine Thillaye, Member of Parliament, President of the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly 

Round table

  • Anne Sander, MEP
  • Constant Reibel, President, Banque Alimentaire du Bas-Rhin
  • Philippe Da Costa, President, Croix Rouge Française
  • Piet Boerefijn, Manager, Toidupank
  • Aoibheann O’Brien, Co-founder and Director of Partnerships, FoodCloud
  • Pedro Castaños Ruiz, International Relationship Manager, FESBAL

Conclusions 

  • Ruth Paserman, Director, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Celine Jurgensen, Ambassador and Representative of France to the FAO

Moderator

Christina Balanos

CEO of Clap Com'

Speakers

Claude Baland

President of the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires

Clément Beaune

Secretary of State for European Affairs

Piet Boerefijn

Manager of Toidupank

Pedro Castaños Ruiz

International Relationship Manager of FESBAL

Philippe Da Costa

President of la Croix Rouge Française

Celine Jurgensen

Ambassador and Representative of France to the FAO

Virginie Lasserre

Director General of Social Cohesion at the French Ministry of Solidarity and Health

Aoibheann O'Brien

Co-founder and Director of Partnerships at FoodCloud

Ruth Paserman

Director at DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Constant Reibel

President of Banque Alimentaire du Bas-Rhin

Anne Sander

MEP

Sabine Thillaye

Member of Parliament, President of the European Affairs Committee of the National Assembly 

Jacques Vandenschrik

President of the European Food Banks Federation

Irène Weiss

Regional Councillor of the Grand Est Region

About the European Food
Banks Federation

The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is a European umbrella non-profit organisation and works in collaboration with 24 Full Members and 5 Associate Members in European countries.

Since 1986 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 over 300 Food Banks and branches which are committed to fight against food waste and to feed the most deprived. In 2020 our Full Members redistributed 860,000 tonnes of food to 48,126 charitable organisations helping 12.8 million most deprived people thanks to the professionalism of 37,016 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 and corporate donations.

About the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires

The 79 French Food Banks are the leading national food aid network in France. Every year, they collect almost 112,500 tonnes of food throughout the country. These collections are made from supermarkets, the food industry, farmers and the general public, with the support of the European Union and the State, and are distributed to a network of more than 6,000 associations, social grocery shops and partner CCAS (Community Social Action Centres).

Each year, the Food Banks distribute the equivalent of 225 million meals, of which 2.8 million are provided by the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). The diversity of supply sources allows the Food Banks network to provide healthy, quality and diversified food aid.

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