Position Papers from FEBA
Last fall FEBA produced two position papers that communicate our recommendations regarding the EU's current measures to reduce food waste.
Read about FEBA's new president, the successful training in Milan, TESCO's new commitment in Eastern Europe and much more in this edition of the FEBA newsletter!
New president of FEBA
FEBA has elected a new president, and is happy to welcome Jacques Vandenschrik.
Last week FEBA's board of directors elected Jacques Vandenschrik as our new president, preceding former president Maria Isabel Jonet from the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks. Read more
TESCO signs a deal with FEBA members in Central Europe
TESCO has signed a collaboration agreement with four FEBA members in Eastern Europe! The Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian Federations of Food banks will be joining forces with TESCO to eliminate food waste by 2020!
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Successful workshop in Milan!
Successful collaboration with Fondation Carrefour
Last week more than 15 food bank professionals met in Milan for a 4-day workshop on how to develop and manage a food bank. Read more
Guidelines for Food Donation
We are happy to present our recent publication in collaboration with EuroCommerce and FoodDrinkEurope.
E-Newsletter September 2016
Here is our e-Newsletter from September 2016
Get inspired by Denmarks new breakfast program, get the figures from the TESCO/FareShare Collection, see what the Italian government has published to create incentives for food banking, and more interesting stories from FEBA members!
Press release - Every Meal Matters: European food bank & business organisations join forces to promote food donation
Press release - Thuesday, 28th June 2016
The European Federation of Food Banks, FoodDrinkEurope and EuroCommerce launched this morning a new guide to encourage and make it easier for food manufacturers and retailers to donate their food surpluses to food banks.
One woman. 13 days. 900 kilometres. One exceptional goal: fighting food poverty in Europe
On Monday 23 May, at the finish line of her incredible 13 day ultra marathon #run4food at Solvay Public Library in Brussels, Ivana Di Martino delivered her inspiring message #werunforkids to fight child food poverty in Europe and support the work of Food Banks.
The winner of our photo contest 2016 : Giving, Sharing, Fighting food waste, European solidarity - April 26, 2016
Congratulations to Ukraine, winner of our photo contest organised for our 30th anniversary.
This photo has been realised by Nataliia Patereu with the photo of Irina Yanchuk, Elena Bichenok and Vitaliy Horhun.
Press release - For our 30th anniversary, let’s share our skills in fighting food waste to tackle food poverty (Edinburgh – United Kingdom) - March 31, 2016
The annual meeting of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) will take place in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on April, 22nd, 23rd and 24th 2016.
Organized in collaboration with Fareshare, FEBA UK Member, the convention will focus for its 30th anniversary on sharing best skills in fighting food waste to tackle food poverty.
FEBA Photo contest - March 3, 2016
The European Federation of Food Banks is organizing a photo contest for its 30th anniversary. Make a photo which theme is : “illustrating one of FEBA’s four values which are:
French law forbids food waste by supermarkets, Article from the Guardian - February 4, 2016
Food banks and other charities welcome law making large shops donate unsold food and stop spoiling items to deter foragers.
France has become the first country in the world to ban supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food, forcing them instead to donate it to charities and food banks.
Partnership agreement between FEBA and Brambles Group - January 12, 2016
Isabel Jonet, President of FEBA, and Dr. Juan José Freijo, Global Head of Sustainability of Brambles, have signed a 3 year partnership agreement.
Brambles Group is one of the world’s leading logistics company with subsidiaries - CHEP, IFCO and Pallecon - operating equipment pooling services.
Ensuring that safe surplus food reaches those in greatest need - October 27, 2015
This article has been written by Isabel Jonet, President of the European Federation of Food Banks and published in the Health European Union newsletter of the European Commission.
In the EU, around 90 million tons of foods are wasted yearly (2006 estimate), while 55 million people suffer from food poverty.
A constructive visit to Austria - October 20, 2015
A member from FEBA visited Austria’s Tafel to discuss its organization and food banks. It was a very interesting meeting.
On the 15th and 16th of September, Gérard Alix, a member of FEBA’s team went to Austria to meet Wiener’s Tafel staff and examine with its managers whether their model is the same as a food bank.
World Food Day, the Carrefour Foundation launches its 3rd international collection campaign with the Food Banks - October 10, 2015
Ten countries are getting involved on this international collect campaign – kick-off is in Taiwan on 16 October!
In the run-up to World Food Day, the Carrefour Foundation is launching its third international food collection campaign with support from the European Food Bank Federation and The Global FoodBanking Network. Teams from some 2000 stores will be involved in the project which will run for nearly 2 months across 10 countries: Taiwan, then Romania, France, Spain, Italy, Argentina, China, Poland, Brazil and finally Belgium. Employees, customers and volunteers will all be drawing on their resources and focusing on helping the world's poorest people. Their target will be to beat last year's result – the equivalent of 42 million meals donated and then redistributed to local branches of Food Banks.
Food, environment, social responsibility: reflections on waste and conscious choices - September 22, 2015
Article wrtitten by Marco Lucchini, General Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus.
We might jokingly say that we are all children of waste: I can imagine our first ancestors, having bitten into the apple, throwing it to the ground in their anxiety at the trouble they had brought upon themselves and future generations.
Support Rhône Food Bank with their phone application! - September 09, 2015
Rhône Food Bank is a finalist in the Google Impact Challenge.
Rhône Food Bank is developping a phone application aiming to reduce food waste and to give food to deprived people.
Food Banks, winners of the « Best Sustainable Development practices” at Expo Milano 2015 - June 30, 2015
Carrefour inaugurated a refigerated container for Food Banks during the Expo Milano 2015 and made possible even more distribution of food to deprived people.
"Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the theme of Expo Milano 2015. During 6 months, the exhibition confronts the proposals of 140 participating countries and invites the public to reflect and seek durable solutions to food insecurity.
Newsletter from Isabel Jonet - June 30, 2015
Dear members and friends of the FEBA food bank network,
In this letter, I would like to share some news with you.
Letter to the European Commision and European Parliament from the European Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester - June 2015
Here is the letter from the EU Alliance for a democratic, social and sustainable European Semester, which FEBA is part of.
Brussels, 18 June 2015
Press release - Annual Meeting in Poland - June 10, 2015
As people don’t live on food only, let’s talk about social inclusion! (Olsztyn - Poland, June 12 and 13, 2015)
The annual meeting of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) will take place in Olsztyn (Poland) on June, 12th and 13th, 2015.
Project from Italian FEBA Member among the winners from Expo Milan 2015 - February 17, 2015
After a tough selection, Fondazione Banco Alimentare ONLUS came out as one of the winners. A film will be shown in Expo Milan 2015 among other activities.
The International Selection Committee of Expo Milan 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" has selected 18 projects under the title "Best Sustainable Development Practices". Between the 786 proposals submitted, 362 were from Europe- amongst them, 2 have won the title.
Visit of Tafel's team at FEBA - February 10, 2015
Tafel's team visited from Germany to discuss with FEBA staff the priorities for 2015.
The German Tafel and FEBA met on the 9th and 10th of February 2015 after having signed a parnership agreement in April 2014 at the annual general assembly in Lyon.
Partnership between Unilever and FEBA - December 1, 2014
Unilever and the FEBA partner to address food waste and hunger in Europe.
London/Rotterdam, 1st December 2014 - Unilever today announces a three-year partnership with the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) to help address food waste and hunger across Europe.
A convention against poverty and social exclusion in Brussels - November 20/21, 2014
The 4th Annual Convention of the Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion took place on 20-21 November in Brussels.
More than 700 participants attended the event and the FEBA was represented by Gérard ALIX and Angela FRIGO. FEBA was selected for taking part to a "speed dating event" where NGOs, national and local authorities presented 11 projects related to social inclusion. In 2015 the FEBA would submit a survey to its 26 FEBA's members or candidate members with the aim of identifying best practices and determining actions that could be implemented and developed in all or some countries.
A training on hygiene and food safety in Marseille's FB - November 5/7, 2014
Thirteen members of the Food Banks (FB) of seven countries and the team FEBA have participated, for three days, at a training on hygiene and food safety organized by FEBA and the French Federation in Marseille's FB premises.
The program included : reminder of hygiene rules and safety on experiments, stocks and transport of food, management on expiry dates, traceability on food and alert treatments and organization of functions in the FB.
Visit in Albania - October 23/24, 2014
Two FEBA volunteers made their first time to the Food Bank of Albania Fondation on the 23 and 24 of october 2014.
The bylaws of the Food Bank of Albania Fondation has been registered in september 2013. A young and dynamic international team of 15 regulars volunteers works at Tirana. The Food Bank (FB) operates in a warehouse in Tirana. The managing director attented the FEBA training sessions on developing Food Bank last march.
Matsentralen – Norway, new member of FEBA - October 11, 2014
FEBA's network welcomes its 257th Food Bank, Matsentralen - Oslo
Matsentralen – FEBA Norway was founded by three big charity organisations: The Salvation Army, The Blue Cross and The Church City Mission, and additionally by some representatives of food processing industries and large retailers. It was officially registered in September 2013, when it began its activities using a large state of the art warehouse rented by The Salvation Army.
Carrefour: Food Bank collection campaigns - November 24, 2014
From São Paulo to Beijing, Carrefour is working alongside its Foundation in 10 countries for the 2nd international food collection.
Having turned food into a means of tackling exclusion, the Carrefour Foundation is organising its second international food collection campaign, with support from the European Federation of Food Banks and The Global FoodBanking Network.
Partnership agreement between FEBA and Tafel - April 25, 2014
During the FEBA Annual Meeting, Isabel Jonet and Jochen Brühl, President of the German Tafel Federation, signed a partnership statement. This signature is an important step in the process of cooperation between FEBA and the Tafel, a process that began in 2004 and was materialized by many reciprocal visits.
The partnership covers three areas:
exchanges of experiences in Europe, representation before the European institutions and development of awareness and contacts of our two organizations with media and donors.
The German Federation coordinates the action of 960 Tafel that are local charitable organizations distributing food aid and supporting social inclusion.
Press Release - April 25, 2014
From April 25th to 27th 2014, the European Federation of Food Banks invites the Food Banks of 26 European countries to Lyon. The meeting will be hosted by the French Federation of Food Banks and the Rhone Food Bank.
1984 - 2014: 30 years of FoodBanking in Europe.
On March 13th 1984, in an article entitled "I'm hungry" published in the daily newspaper La Croix, Sister Cécile Bigo denounced the scandal of poverty coexisting with food waste. Following this call for help, Bernard Dandrel and the 5 founding organizations (Secours Catholique, Emmaüs, Armée du Salut, Entraide d'Auteuil and Entraide Protestante) launched the first Food Bank in France. 30 years later, the European Federation of Food Banks is paying tribute to this initiative. 256 Food Banks in 21 countries in Europe are still fighting against hunger and food waste in Europe by the call for giving and sharing.
Looking for new sources of supplies?
During the two and a half days of the Annual Meeting, 80 Food Bank representatives, current or potential members of FEBA, will exchange on food sourcing from local market. Existing practices will be reviewed and discussions will define best practices to increase recovery of products from retailers, growers, fruits and vegetables wholesale markets as well as canteens. Other topics to be discussed include how to transform fresh products into longer time conservation products so as to facilitate their use by people in need as well as how to integrate the most deprived people in the tasks of collecting and processing?
Training sessions in Lisbon and Milan - Avril 15, 2014
In order to enhance management skills of new members two training sessions were organized.
In November 2013, the Portuguese Federation hosted and delivered the first session. 16 trainees coming from 10 countries attended the three and half- day training in the Lisbon Food bank.
In March 2014, the Italian Foundation together with the Lombardian Food bank delivered the second session.16 trainees representing 13 countries attended this session that took place in the Lombardian Food Bank close to Milan.
The following topics were addressed: food recovery, food collection, relations with charities, volunteer's management, logistics, communication, fundraising, finance and control.
The classroom trainings were supplemented by a neighboring food bank, a charity and a wholesale market.
The Portuguese and Italian teams delivered very lively presentations. Their dedication was highly appreciated by trainees. These sessions were very successful.
Approval of the regulation of the new European fund of aid to the most deprived - March 15, 2014
Following a long period of negotiations with governments and discussions with partner charities, the Parliament and the European Council approved the last draft of the European Commission's regulation which will ensure material aid to deprived people. The budget of 3.8 billion Euros covers the period from 2014-2020. Member states will be able to choose the type of aid they want to develop in their country but a lot of them have already announced that the new Fund would replace the former European Program of Food aid for the most deprived and therefore that this aid would mostly consist of food.
With this new Fund, Member States will also be able to finance capacity development of the charities collecting and distributing food as well as finance social inclusion measures of people in need.
Late 2013 collections - January 30, 2014
As it happens every year, at the beginning of winter, the FEBA Food Banks members organize food drives in shops and supermarkets, mobilizing more than 350,000 volunteers across Europe. In 2013, 43 057 tons of food have been collected.
For a long time, the associations helping the most deprived persons have noticed that the demand for food assistance is continuously increasing. Fortunately, as every year, the generosity of volunteers and donors has helped to ensure the success of these collections and to support the work of these charitable organizations.
Here are the results of the food drives organized at the end of this year:
"International Solidarity" - The Carrefour Foundation is coordinating in 8 countries an international collection of products for the needy working alongside the National Federations of Food Banks - November 15, 2013
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.
Ukraine is becoming a FEBA Member - October 26, 2013
Approval by the Board of directors of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) of a new member country: Ukraine
The Ukrainian Food Bank has joined the network of the European Federation of Food Banks since October 26th, 2013.
The Kiev Food Bank has started its activities in July 2011 with the active support of the European Federation of Food Banks.The Kiev Food Bank collects food products from the food industry and from supermarkets.Three or four time a week the Food Bank collects fresh food, fruits and vegetable from supermarkets in the area of Kiev.
159 tons of food have been collected in 2011 and distributed to the most deprived persons in partnership with 57 charities.
World Food Day 2013 - Food Banks actions in Europe - October 17, 2013
As every year, on the occasion of the World Food Day (October 16th) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th), the Food Banks organize many events in order to mobilize the people in the fight against food waste and social exclusion in Europe.
World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 to raise people's awareness of the world food problem and to strengthen solidarity in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. Celebrated since 1993, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty gives the general public the opportunity to listen to the poor and to commit itself to fight poverty and misery. As part of these two days, many Food Banks collect food and organize events in several European Countries.
Actions and events organized by the Food Banks across Europe in October and November 2013:
Food Bank Macedonia / Workshop in Skopje - May 21/22, 2013
21/22 May 2013, FEBA participated in a workshop in Skopje organized by Food Bank Macedonia and supported by USA Macedonia and Foundation Open Society Macedonia.
FEBA delivered training courses to members of Food Bank Macedonia and to charity organisations working with Food Banks on following topics:
- Building relations with charity organisations
- Delivering food to charity organisations,
- Managing a food collection,
- Food hygiene and safety.
FEBA shared best practices and their experience in food poverty reduction through the fight against food waste and call for solidarity. Recommendations were given on key factors of success for the development of a Food Bank. Civil society organisations working with the Food Bank were present as well as members of Food Banks in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.
European aid to the most deprived people: approved but reduced - February 8, 2013
Last Friday, 8th February, the European Council agreed on the EU Multiannual Financial Frame 2014-2020. Although there was a global reduction in almost all budget items, the existence of the Fund for European Aid to most Deprived people (FEAD) is asserted.
FEBA considers this is good news for the people in need that we help feeding, because this programme, which is an important source of food products for Food Banks, will be secured for all Member States. However, when taking into account the steady growth of poverty and the increasing number of Member States likely to take part in the FEAD, the amount of the budget (2.500 million € for 7 years i.e. 357 million each year) is insufficient. It represents a reduction of about 30% in comparison to the current amount (500 million € in 2013).
FEBA will advocate again at the European Parliament for a budget minimum of 3.500 million € for 7 years and for some other measures like no-cofinancing, as the European Parliament is co-legislator and will take up a position after March.
Letter from FEBA's President Isabel Jonet to the heads of states - February 1, 2013
February 1st, 2013
Dear Prime Minister,
The European Council will meet in Brussels on February 7th and 8th to decide on the content and the envelope of the multiannual financial plan for the years 2014-2020. In this context, you, Mr. Prime Minister, will have to decide to what extent you want the European Union to show the solidarity that until now has been the foundation on which Europe was built.