" organized by the Food Banks last weekend in supermarkets to build up their stocks for the year resulted in donations down 10% compared to last year, the official said on Wednesday. 'association.
It considers this result “
” given the growing number of people to help. “
We hoped to collect the equivalent of 20 million meals.
We only had 18
,” lamented Claude Baland, president of the Federation of Food Banks, to AFP.
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As every year, the association had mobilized its volunteers for three days, from Friday to Sunday, to collect food and other hygiene products purchased by consumers in 8,000 stores.
Organized over a single weekend, this operation usually makes it possible to harvest 10% of the food needed for a whole year.
To explain the observed drop, Mr. Baland advances the impact of inflation on modest donors, the growing share of e-commerce which diverts consumers from supermarkets, and also the France-Denmark match of the 2022 World Cup: “
Saturday, during the match, there was nobody
” in the supermarkets, he observed.
To compensate for the lack, Food Banks are calling on the general public to a "
”, by making a donation on monpaniersolidaire.org.
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According to INSEE figures published last week, 3.2 to 3.5 million people in France, “
the poorest of the poor
”, have recourse to food aid provided by associations.
The Food Banks alone recorded a 9% increase in attendance in the first half of the year, i.e. 200,000 additional people welcomed. Les Restos du Coeur, which recently launched their 38th campaign, also announced a jump of 12% in the number of their beneficiaries , which bear the full brunt of inflation and food insecurity.