On 3 June 2020 Angela Frigo, FEBA Secretary General, participated in the final meeting of the 3rd Edition of the Food Sustainability Observatory of Politecnico di Milano on the topic of sustainability of the agri-food supply chain in Italy.
Angela Frigo’s speech focused on FEBA's relationships with donor companies and the main drivers and barriers to activate the donation process. In fact, as emerged also in this period of food emergency related to Covid-19 pandemic, one of the key actions of the European Food Banks Federation is to foster the relationship between Food Banks and companies, enhancing their international and European aspect and at the same time enriching the link with the community in a "glocal" approach.
Together with public partners and in collaboration with thousands of charities, this relationship between Food Banks and companies requires a common strategic vision, enhanced links at different levels and a focus on innovation, relationships, collective learning - such as benchmarking and benchlearning - and the continuous exchange of good practices.
In a period where Food Banks are experiencing an increase in demand for food aid of 25-30%, with peaks of 50% at European level, the challenge is to constantly improve relationships with companies and increase the number of collaborations in order to create a win-win solution for profit and non-profit, which brings value to food and rediscovers the meaning of the gift.
To read the full speech, please access this link.