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      6 The Portugal News • 7 Dec 2019

       2,125 tonnes of food donations collected                                                                                 N N N N N  KIM  SCHIFFMANN



       Volunteer efforts were crucial in collecting donations for food banks, with over 40,000 people involved across the country.

                                                                                Jonet. “We have to thank the  the weekend, to those who  products are recovered that
                                                                                thousands of donors, the  are or reside outside  would otherwise be
                                                                                volunteers, the companies  Portugal.            destined for destruction.
                                                                                and entities that supported  According to data released  These surpluses are
                                                                                this campaign, so they have  recently by INE, more than  collected locally and
                                                                                made a great contribution  2.2 million people are at risk  nationally in strict
                                                                                so that Food Banks can  of poverty in Portugal or  compliance with hygiene
                                                                                continue to reach out to  social exclusion (21.6  and food safety standards.
                                                                                many people in need.”   percent of the population). If  Thus, in addition to
                                                                                The collected food will be  only income from labour,  effectively addressing food
                                                                                distributed next week to  capital and private transfers  shortages, Food Banks
                                                                                2,400 Social Solidarity  were considered, 43.4  Against Hunger fight against
                                                                                Institutions, which deliver  percent of the population in  a logic of waste and
                                                                                them to about 380,000   Portugal would be at risk.  consumerism, a hallmark of
                                                                                people with proven food  The network of charities  today’s societies.
                                                                                shortages, in the form of  therefore plays a unique and  The 21 Food Banks Against
                                                                                baskets or cooked meals.  irreplaceable role in helping  Hunger distribute food
                                                                                Isabel Jonet also points out  those most in need, and  throughout the year through
                                                                                that it is “very important and  food support is crucial in this  Social Solidarity Institutions
                                                                                rewarding for all volunteers  aid.              selected by them and
                                                                                and for the Food Bank to be  These Food Bank    permanently monitored by
                                                                                able to count on the    campaigns also alert society  volunteers. These ensure a
                                                                                support of the President of  as a whole to a reality that  close and individualized
                                                                                the Republic, who       cannot leave anyone     monitoring of each person
                                                                                highlights this social  indifferent, and it is “very  or family in need, so that it is
                                                                                network.”               important not to forget that in  possible to do,
                                                                                By 8 December, it will also  everyday life there are still  simultaneously, a real work
                                                                                be possible to contribute to  people who need help to  of social inclusion, leading
      The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, shopping for food to donate to
      The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, shopping for food to donate to
      The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, shopping for food to donate to
      The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, shopping for food to donate to                                    to autonomy.
      The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, shopping for food to donate to
      the Food Bank campaign. (Photo: Lusa/Jose Sena Goulao)
      the Food Bank campaign. (Photo: Lusa/Jose Sena Goulao)
      the Food Bank campaign. (Photo: Lusa/Jose Sena Goulao)                    the campaign through    eat, especially around
      the Food Bank campaign. (Photo: Lusa/Jose Sena Goulao)
      the Food Bank campaign. (Photo: Lusa/Jose Sena Goulao)
                                                                                “Ajuda Vale”, vouchers that  Christmas, where having  According to data from the
                                                                                will be available at BP’s  our family gathered around  Portuguese Federation of
             he Food Banks     West, Portalegre, Porto,  food banks was evident in  supermarket or gas station  a table is a wish that we can  Food Banks Against
              Against Hunger   Santarém, Setúbal, S.   the generosity of the    boxes, each of which    each help to achieve,” says  Hunger, last year the 21
              collected more   Miguel, Third, Viana do  contributions. “We cannot  includes a barcode for one  the Food Bank.   Food Banks operating in
      Tthan 2,100 tonnes       Castelo and Viseu) invited  fail to underline the role of  of five basic products (milk,  Food Banks Against Hunger  Portugal distributed 24,262
      of food last weekend, in the  the Portuguese over last  volunteers, people of all  olive oil, rice, tuna and  activity continues throughout  tonnes of food (with an
      campaign carried out in  weekend to share the food  ages, with diverse political  sausages).      the year. In addition to twice-  estimated value of €34
      2,000 commercial areas in  they buy for their homes.  and religious beliefs who,  The Food Bank also makes  yearly supermarket  million), with an average
      21 regions of the country.  The Portuguese once again  side by side, contribute in a  available the online  collection campaigns, Food  movement of 97 tonnes per
      40,000 volunteers from the  accepted the invitation of the  fraternal and supportive  donation site  Banks Against Hunger  business day. Assisting
      21 Food Banks (Abrantes,  Food Banks and joined a  way to a fairer and more  www.alimentestaideia.pt,  receive daily food surpluses  2,400 institutions, the food
      Algarve, Aveiro, Beja, Braga,  real social network, sharing  cohesive society”, says the  thus giving the opportunity  donated by the agri-food  was delivered to nearly
      Castelo Branco, Coimbra,  food with people in need in  President of Portuguese  to share to all who did not  industry, farmers, supply  380,000 people with proven
      Cova da Beira, Evora, Leiria-  their region.     Federation of Food Banks  have the opportunity to go to  chains and supply market  food shortages in the form of
      Fatima, Lisbon, Madeira  Repeated confidence in the  against Hunger, Isabel  the collection points during  operators. In this way food  baskets or cooked meals.
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