Food collections 2021

Every year, usually at the end of November – early December, many FEBA members organise a national Food Collection in collaboration with retailers. During this occasion citizens are invited to make a gesture of solidarity purchasing food when they are grocery shopping and donating this food to Food Banks. Food Collections are only made possible by the collaboration of thousands of supermarkets and retailers and the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and millions of citizens.

Interview of Bernard Dandrel, Founder of the European Food Banks Federation, on the importance of food collections, realised on the occasion of FEBA 35th Anniversary on 24 September 2021

English translation:

Jacques Vandenschrik, FEBA President: “In the whole arsenal of means that Food Banks can use, there is the food collection which in some countries is done on the same day, in others not, it does not matter. It takes different forms. It’s also a way of making the public aware of the work of the Food Banks and their existence. For some years now, we have seen a decrease after a continuous and exponential growth in the results of food collections. There has been a stagnation or even a decrease in the results. This may be due to the evolution of our society. It may be in the last few years, in the last two years, certainly due to the health situation. But what word of encouragement would you like to give to those who will continue to organise this food collection? There are many of them.

Bernard Dandrel, former FEBA President & founder: “I think that confidence and perseverance are needed. There isn’t a linear path. There are always ups and downs. But the most important thing is to always have the idea of the goal to be reached and to persevere, whatever the obstacles. So, if one year we find ourselves in much more difficulty, there is nothing to say that next year, by renewing our efforts, we won’t succeed in mobilising public opinion even more. This seems essential to me to really raise awareness so that people don’t just rely on associations but are themselves actors in the fight against poverty and people who are hungry. No one can do without food, rich or poor. So, donating food is still a sign of concrete solidarity. More than giving money, I think. Because there is a visceral bond, in a way. Food is a good. Everyone needs it and sharing is essential.

FOOD BANK ALBANIA / Albania

The food collection from Food Bank Albania is organised this year in stores with volunteers. 

WIENER TAFEL / Austria

Small food collections are organised throughout the year in single supermarkets.

BANQUES ALIMENTAIRES - VOEDSELBANKEN / Belgium

The food collection is organised in Delhaize shops, with the presence of volunteers from 2 to 8 December. 

CESKA FEDERACE POTRAVINOVYCH BANK / Czech Republic

Traditional Autumn food collection was held on Saturday 20th November in more than 1300 stores in Czech Republic.

In one day, people donate over 410 tons of food and hygiene products.  Food collection is continuing in online stores until 30th of November.

In cooperation with volunteers and employees of market chains this year was the largest store food collection in the history of Czech Food Banks.

BANQUES ALIMENTAIRES / France

The 37th “Collecte Nationale” will be held on the last weekend of November. 

130,000 volunteers will be present in 8,000 stores around the country, and it will be possible to donat also online.

TAFEL DEUTSCHLAND / Germany

Tafel Deutschland organised one food collection with Lidl in July and another one with Rewe in October. 

FOOD BANK GREECE / Greece

A food collection was organised on 5 November in Greece, but for the moment the covid situation doesn’t alllow the Food Bank to plan another food collection before the end of the year. 

MAGYAR ELELMISZERBANK EGYESULET / Hungary

6500 volunteers will collect the donations in 315 stores around the country.

BANCO ALIMENTARE / Italy

The big “Giornata Nazionale della Colletta Alimentare” will be organised on 27 November, with volunteers in stores across the country. 

From 28 November to 5 December, clients will be ab le to buy “gift cards” in shops for the benefit of the Food Banks. 

And from 28 November to 10 December, it will also be possible to donate online. 

MAISTO BANKAS / Lithuania

Maisto bankas organised a food collection with volunteers in stores in October.

FEDERACJA POLSKICH BANKOW ZYWNOSCI / Poland

From 15 November to 15 December it will be possible to donate online for the Polish  Food Banks. 

And on 26-27 November, volunteers will be present in stores to promote the food collection. 

BANCO ALIMENTAR CONTRA A FOME / Portugal

From 25 November to 5 December it will be possible to donate online for the Food Banks. 

And on 27-28 November, volunteers will be present in stores to promote the food collection. 

BANCA PENTRU ALIMENTE / Romania

The Food Bank in Romania is organising the Christmas Food Collection with Lidl Romania. Volunteers will be present across 171 stores in the country. 

POTRAVINOVA BANKA SLOVENSKA / Slovakia

Food Bank Slovakia is a partner organisation in the Tesco Food Collection organised online from 25 November to 24 December and in all Tesco stores of the country from 25 to 27 November. 

FESBAL / Spain

“La Grand Recogida” will be organised in November with volunteers in stores across the country. 

PARTAGE / Switzerland

Partage is organising its food collection “Samedi du Partage” at the end of November. 

The food collection will be both online and in stores, with 1,500 volunteers in 100 stores in the Geneva State. 

FARESHARE / United Kingdom

The food collection will be organised with volunteers in Tesco shops. 

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