Hunger Food Banks Collect 2,130 Tons of Food in Two Days

Hunger Food Banks collected 2,130 tonnes of food during the national campaign, which took place over the weekend, on more than 2,000 commercial areas in 21 regions of the country, was announced today.

Speaking to Lusa, the president of the federation that brings together the 21 Food Banks against Hunger, Isabel Jonet, said it was “a very, very successful campaign”, adding that the total amount collected “could still increase”.

Isabel Jonet recalled that the collection of food “continues in supermarkets, and on the internet until December 08”, through the site www.alimentestaideia.pt, or in vouchers (“Ajuda Vale”) available in shops.

On Sunday night, the President of the Republic visited the premises of the Food Bank in Lisbon and thanked the Portuguese for their contributions.

“It is a good surprise to me, the weather has been very bad, very irregular, and that makes a campaign of this nature difficult. On the other hand, it was not known whether or not there was a slight economic downturn, how people would actually react and were spectacular in terms of solidarity, “he said.

“It means that the Portuguese have exceeded themselves, who is to be congratulated are the Portuguese,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

Isabel Jonet also highlighted “the great adhesion of volunteers”, about 40 thousand of the 21 Food Banks (Abrantes, Algarve, Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Cova da Beira, Evora, Leiria-Fatima, Lisbon, Madeira West , Portalegre, Porto, Santarem, Setubal, S. Miguel, Terceira, Viana do Castelo and Viseu).

“We cannot fail to underline the role of volunteers, people of all ages, with diverse political and religious beliefs who, participating side by side, contribute in a fraternal and supportive way to a more just and cohesive society,” said the official.

“We have to thank the thousands of donors, the volunteers, the companies and entities that supported this campaign, so they have made a great contribution so that Food Banks can continue to reach out to many people in need,” said Isabel Jonet.

The collected food will be distributed, starting next week, to 2,400 charities, which deliver them to about 380,000 people with proven food shortages, in the form of baskets or cooked meals.

More than 2.2 million people are at risk of poverty in Portugal or social exclusion (21.6% of the population), according to data released recently by INE.

The Food Bank Against Hunger was created in Portugal in 1991 with the mission of fighting waste and distributing food support to those most in need, in partnership with charities and based on voluntary work.

At European level, there are 290 Food Banks operating in 24 countries, which in 2018 distributed more than 781,000 tonnes of food – equivalent to 4.3 million meals a day, in partnership with 45,700 social organizations, benefiting more than 9.3 million. of people.