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2018 FEBA Annual Convention goes Bohemian

 03-07-2018

Day 1: IT solutions are here to help! 

Another year, another FEBA Annual Convention! This year food bankers got together in Budapest to attend the FEBA Annual Convention which was focused on "Redistributing more and nutritious surplus food - Opportunities and Challenges" and was organized in close collaboration with the Hungarian Food Bank “Magyar Élelmiszerbank Egyesület”. 

After getting over the jaw-dropping fantastic view of the Danube and the Gothic Parliament, all the participants kicked off the first day of the Annual Convention with four fresh and exciting presentations about logistics: specific actions and programs to recover and redistribute more surplus food. The four specialists came from FareShare, the Barcelona Food BankFondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus and CHEP, one of our more loyal partners.

In the second half of the day, presentations addressed a common challenging topic: how IT solutions can improve the redistribution of surplus food. The four specialists insisted on the fact that technology and IT are here to HELP food banks do better their work. These short and sweet break-out presentations were held by representatives from Hungarian Food Bank “Magyar Élelmiszerbank Egyesület”, the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires and their new IT system ClickDon, the Global Foodbanking Network and their IT starter kit, and FoodCloud from Ireland. 

 

Day 2: Listening to inspiring stories 

After an evening visit to the Hungarian Food Bank a and a delicious dinner together with typical goulash and local wines, participants were ready for the second day of the Annual Convention. 

What's the best way to get people's attention? A panel debate! The morning started with a discussion among five representatives of the non-profit sector: Red Cross Spain, Caritas Italiana, Tafel Deutschaland e.V., the Lithuanian Food Bank "Maisto Bankas" and an Hungarian NGO organizing an after-school programme for Roma children on the outskirts of Budapest. Then it was the turn of a panel debate with representatives from the food supply chain: Metro, Tesco, Cargill and FoodDrinkEurope.

 

News from the EU and updates from GFN 

The afternoon continued with an even wider perspective. We started with a presentation made by an official of DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission about the current FEAD and some insights about the future; then an official of DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission provided an update about the work carried out within EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste; and finally some inputs about the EU pilot project on food redistribution carried out by Wageningen University and Ecorys.

Lisa Moon, CEO of the Global FoodBanking Network, connected via streaming from the US, and contributed to the debate providing new updates on general trends in the foodbanking sector, including the close tie to the Sustainable Development Goals, especially the target 12.3 which calls for halving per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses by 2030.

 

FEBA elects a new Board of Directors and looks ahead to 2019

On May 26 the General Assembly of our organization elected a new Board of Directors, which remains in office for a period of three years. The new members of the Board of Directors are: Mr Jacques Vandenschrik (BE) as President, Mr Jacques Bailet (FR) as Vice-President, Ms Karen-Inger Thorsen (DK) as Secretary, Mr Tom Hillemans (NL) as Treasurer, Mr Balazs Cseh (HU), Mr Jochen Brühl (DE), Ms Magorzata Lelonkiewicz (PL), Mr Marco Lucchini (IT), and Mr Pedro Castaños Ruiz (ES).

Before the closing remarks of the Annual Convention, Angela Frigo, our General Secretary, presented the orientations for the next 12 months and announced that 2019 FEBA Annual Convention will be held on 16-19 May in the charming city of Rome, Italy, in collaboration with Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus. We look forward to gathering all food bankers again next year, and until then we wish you all the best in your invaluable work to prevent food waste and support most vulnerable people. Arrivederci!

 

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