A drive to collect donations to local initiative Eesti Toidupank raised over half a ton of food for people in need.
On 13 June 2019 a food collection was organized for the benefit of Eesti Toidupank (the Estonian Food Bank). The collection was made at a reception marking Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, held by the British Ambassador to Estonia, Theresa Bubbear, at the Ambassador's residence in Tallinn.
Invited guests could bring a selection of food for donation, including canned products, honey, sugar, jam, candy and cereals. Toidupank volunteers were present to collect the donations. The precise weight of the food amassed came to 616 kilos, Toidupank reports, from a guest list of just a few hundred.
The event came as part of a long-running cooperation between the British Embassy and Toidupank, founded in 2010 and aimed at sharing food with a wide variety of people without easy access to quality food, including produce which might otherwise be destroyed and thus go to waste.
Ambassador Bubbear said she was delighted the embassy could continue supporting Toidupank and help to contribute to the welfare of the most vulnerable in Estonian society.
"We share the same values as Toidupank and contribute to the exchange of knowledge and experience between our two countries in reducing food wastage. As well as all the food donations, Toidupank also got a great opportunity to find new contacts with the entrepreneurs and others among our guests, enlarging this 'circle of kindness'" Theresa Bubbear said.
Piet Boerefijn, Toidupank creator, said he was grateful to the embassy for all its support, trust and effective cooperation.
"The goal is not only to involve larger partners, but also even more to encourage community-based contributions which will help achieve greater and greater goals. We have many strong examples and opportunities from all areas - everyone can help as they wish. The valuable contacts gathered at the Queen's Birthday Party reception on Thursday is sure to broaden the possibilities for Toidupank's further development" he added.