The event in all regions is organized by food banks in cooperation with several associations, unions, social organizations and above all with retail chains. Last year, 520 tons of goods were collected as part of the autumn round, but the number of food bank clients is constantly increasing.
Listen to the entire interview with Věra Doušová, Director of the Food Bank for Prague and the Central Bohemian Region
One of the most requested foods are those with a long shelf life – rice, pasta, oil, sugar, canned goods or soups in a bag.
According to Věra Doušová, Director of the Food Bank for Prague and the Central Bohemian Region, single mothers are most often in need. Banks also need equipment from drugstores – baby diapers or wet wipes.
These foods and necessities are among the first to run out in banks. “It will last about a month, and for the remaining five months we have to give people only fresh food that we collect from the chains every day. But people also need durable ones,” says Doušová.
However, inflation and the social crisis are not the only factors behind increased consumption. According to the director, people learned much more about food banks. But there were also more outlets.
“Several of them open in Prague every day, as well as in the Central Bohemia region, so the information that people can get food from the food bank is spreading like wildfire,” the director points out.
80 thousand people
Prague and Středočeská banka cover the needs of about 80,000 people. Last year alone, they saved about 3,000 tons of food. But not all of them are distributed at the points of sale.
“We give them through organizations that come to us for food for about 77,000 clients and through delivery points for about 3,000 clients,” explains Doušová.
However, food aid is not compulsory, as explained by Pavla Kvísová, head of the warehouse of the Food Bank in Ostrava. “A social worker decides on help based on an investigation, either through organizations that cooperate with food banks, or he can turn to the dispensary,” he clarifies.
Thanks to this system, the Food Banks have a good overview of their clients. “We always know in advance who will come for the package. If there is a baby in the family, we try to give them a sunar. In short, adapt the package,” adds Kvísová.
But donors don’t have to go to a brick-and-mortar store for things. Those interested can purchase them via the website sbirkapotravin.cz.
Listen to the interview with Věra Doušová in the audio recording above.
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