15 November 2013
In November, right after International Solidarity Week and with the support of the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), the Carrefour Foundation is coordinating an international operation to collect food products to give to Food Banks in 8 countries.
Launched in Brazil, on November 9, this aid campaign will then be led simultaneously on 29&30 November in 7 other countries: Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain.
Partner of the Food Bank Federations since 1994, Carrefour teams will be involved alongside volunteers in nearly 3 000 stores throughout the world: 1 100 stores in France, 700 in Italy, 200 in Poland etc. Customers, employees or volunteers of Carrefour, everyone is invited to take part in the operation!
Nearly 3 000 Carrefour stores involved in the operation in 8 countries.
Right after International Solidarity Week and with the support of the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network, the Carrefour Foundation is coordinating a major food collection in nearly 3 000 stores in 8 countries : Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Poland, Romania and Spain. The food collected in-store by Food Bank volunteers will then be redistributed to organisations assisting the needy.
This international collection operation adds to the daily food donations which take place daily in Carrefour stores.
2013: reinforced support from the Carrefour Foundation to Food Banks on an international scale.
Drawing on Carrefour's core business as a retailer, the Carrefour Foundation coordinates and relays donations and foodstuffs donations throughout the year. In 2013 it stepped up support to food aid, particularly to food banks, through various means.
The Carrefour Foundation doubled this year its donations earmarked for food aid – more than €2 million dedicated to food solidarity projects: food donations and collections as well as social grocery stores, agricultural sectors, nutrition programmes and catering trade. In 2013, a donation of €718 000 was given to support Food Banks.
The Carrefour Foundation also provides logistics support, giving local associations the infrastructure they need to transport and store foodstuffs – especially fresh products. Since it was first set up, the Carrefour Foundation has financed the acquisition of 36 cold rooms and more than 140 refrigerated vehicles including 36 vehicles financed in 2013 for Food Banks across the world.
About the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA)
Founded in 1986, the European Federation of Food Banks brings together 253 food banks in Europe, which fight daily against hunger and food waste. In 2012, the European Food Banks distributed 388 000 tons of food, equivalent to 776 million meals, to 5,4 million people in partnership with 32 000 charitable organisations and social services.
About The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN)
The Global FoodBanking Network is a global not-for-profit organisation dedicated to alleviating world hunger through food banking. GFN creates, supports, and strengthens food banks and food bank networks around the world, in countries other than the US. GFN currently supports existing and developing food banks and national food bank networks in more than 25 countries, home to more than one-third of the world's nearly one billion undernourished people.
About the Carrefour Foundation
Created in 2000, the Carrefour Foundation fulfils its international mission as a public interest organisation by implementing aid programmes aimed at those in greatest need, while drawing on its vocation as a retailer. The Carrefour Foundation works alongside non-profit associations every day to implement its international, public interest mission to combat exclusion. It runs philanthropic programs that are linked to its core business as a retailer, in countries where Carrefour is present, as well as in countries where its suppliers are located. With an annual budget of 4.5 million euros, the Carrefour Foundation financed 36 projects in 2012 in 11 countries. Drawing on the expertise of teams from the Carrefour Group, the Foundation works along two main lines of intervention: food aid and emergency humanitarian aid. Read more: http://www.fondation-carrefour.org/
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