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Who we are - Mission


To reduce hunger and malnutrition through the fight against food waste and the support and development of food banks in countries where they are most needed. Download our leaflet

How does a food bank work?

Our history

The concept of food banking emerged in Phoenix , Arizona (United States) in 1967 where a man by the name of John Van Hengel saw a widow and mother of ten children, looking for food in the trashcans behind grocery stores. He helped her to find edible food and then convinced the stores to give him products instead of throwing them away. The first food bank was born.

In 1984, in France, Sister Cécile Bigot heard about the concept through Francis Lopez, founder of the Edmonton's food bank in Canada. In order to cope with rising poverty in Paris, she contacted Bernard Dandrel at the "Secours Catholique" who cooperated with other charities like Emmaüs and the Salvation Army to launch the food bank of Paris-Ile de France in July 1984. André Hubert, from Belgium, soon followed this example  and established the first food bank in Brussels.

Bernard Dandrel and André Hubert quickly realized the need for a single and organized body that would represent food banks at a European level. The European Federation of Food Banks (Fédération Européenne des Banques Alimentaires aka. FEBA) was thus launched on September 23, 1986.

Between 1988 and 1992 FEBA supported the development of food banks in Spain, Italy, Ireland followed by Portugal, Poland, Greece and Luxembourg from 1994 to 2001. Since 2004, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Serbia have joined the network, followed by the Netherlands, Switzerland, Estonia, Denmark and more recently by Ukraine and Bulgaria in 2013, Norway (2014) and Austria (2015)

Die Tafel in Germany is a FEBA partner since 2014.

In 2016, FEBA celebrated its 30th anniversary.