No one should have to face the decision between heating their homes and purchasing food or between paying the electricity bills and buying fresh fruits and vegetables. However, when socio-economic circumstances lead to these scenarios becoming a reality, Food Banks are crucial actors to alleviate the pressure felt by charitable organisations providing food assistance to the most vulnerable of our societies. Yet, high inflation rates and simultaneously increasing expenses neither let Food Banks untouched.
Aiming to disclose the impact of the challenging socio-economic circumstances on FEBA Members by giving evidence-based insights into the repercussions of the cost-of-living crisis, on the one hand, on the operations of Food Banks and, on the other hand, on the profile of end beneficiaries supported through charitable organisations, the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) drafted and circulated to its members a tailored, comprehensive survey in March 2023.
The results of the aggregated and analysed quantitative and qualitative data summarised in this report are based on the experience of FEBA Members working daily to recover, collect, and redistribute food to a network of charitable organisations providing food assistance to people in need in Europe. The gathered information refers to the period from January to December 2022 and is based on the responses of 27 FEBA Members.