Sporting events generate large amounts of food waste. To tackle this issue, the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires has been partnering for several years with a dozen football clubs, including major clubs such as Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille.
After every match, the volunteers of the Food Bank go to the stadiums to collect unsold food and redistribute it to people in need. Thanks to this partnership, Marseille offered more than 22 tons of food to people in need between September 2019 and August 2020. At Lyon, between 3 and 6 tons of food were collected and offered per season.
However, the lockdowns followed by a resumption of competitions without supporters at football matches, have obviously broken this dynamic. At Marseille, the food orders that had been placed before the crisis all ended up being redistributed by the Food Bank.