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FEAD and EU Waste Policy Review Position Papers from FEBA

As part of its advocacy role, FEBA provides recommendations to EU decision makers concerning how to improve conditions for food donation among member states.

schoolkids in polandThe Polish Food Bank federation is taking action to reduce food waste in school canteens. A study from Harvard University has recently proven that short lunch breaks can be a root cause for food waste in schools.





BabyMe V02 1In early January, the FEBA team received an urgent call from the Danish food bank. One of their loyal donors, Arla Foods, had two truck loads of baby food, with a expiry date by April 2017 which they wanted to donate and deliver to food banks. 

paris france 29th jan 2017 ihf world handball championship finals HKKPKGLast summer the UEFA European Soccer Championship collaborated with the French Federation, in order to ensure a safe recovery of all edible food, which had not been sold during the games. This campaign called "Foot for Food" was such a great success, that it caught the attention of the team organizing the 2017 Men's World Handball championship held here in France in January 2017.

16463398 767833863380959 4773181722512416160 oIn October 2016, the umbrella association for the hospitality industry in Europe, HOTREC, FEBA and METRO AG signed a framework agreement to collaborate on reducing food waste among hotels, restaurants and cafés in Europe. On January 31st 2017, HOTREC and FEBA presented their joint recommendations to manage food donations in the hospitality sector, as a party of a broader document "European hospitality industry guidelines to reduce food waste and recommendations to manage food donation" developed by HOTREC for its members across Europe.


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On January 24th the EU Parliament's committee voted in favor of new regulations to reduce food waste among member states!





logo enOn November 29th 2016, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Mr.Andriukaitis, launched the "Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste"

The platform has been created to support all actors involved, from farm to fork, and accelerate the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3

bbcOn December 12th, the BBC radio show "The Food Chain" aired an episode about the growing role of food banks in Europe.

During the 30 minute program, host Manuela Saragosa, asks FEBA's Secretary General what is more important: reducing hunger or reducing food waste?

image001 1Soreal- a ground breaking public-private initiative in Belgium

Everything happened three years ago, when meetings took place between leaders of the futures partners. Read about the successes of a public/private partnership.

15167639 723293847834961 4149184285427336774 oEvery year food banks across Europe mobilize thousands of volunteers as well as private and public organizations of all kinds, to support their national in-store food drives and  to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition

While 120 million Europeans are currently at risk of living in poverty or social exclusion, thousands of Europeans take action to show solidarity with fellow citizens in need of a helping hand, in their times of trouble.

The food drives enable food banks to obtain essential and products such as: oil, sugar, pasta and rice. These are products that food banks do not necessarily receive as surplus throughout the year, but which are nontheless in high demand among charities, and therefore crucial to have in storage.

Mobilizing thousands of volunteers

Food drives would never be possible without the support from the diverse group of volunteers who come from food banks and their partner charities, club services, schools and universities, companies, municipalities or youth organizations among others.

Other enablers of the national food drivers, are the wholesale and retail stores, logistic companies, advertising agencies and media corporations.

Thanks to such an outstanding mobilization of dedicated volunteers and partnerships, food banks have the opportunity to raise awareness about hunger and malnutrition in their countries, and the important role they in fighting hunger and social exclusion in Europe.

chiiiiiiiiifresHere are the amounts of food collected, presented in equivelent meals:

France: 24 million meals in 2 days- 130.000 volunteers mobilized

Greece: 40.000 meals - in 2 days- 300 volunteers mobilized

Hungary:452.000 meals - in 2 days- 5000 volunteers mobilized

Italy:17 million meals - in 1 day -140.000 volunteers mobilized

Lithuania: 460.000 meals- in 2 days - 7768

Poland:1,6 million meals - in 2 days - 50.000 volunteers mobilized

Portugal 4,3 million meals - in 2 days-  42.000 mobilized

Spain: 44 million meals - in 2 days- 129.000 volunteers mobilized



Read the newest statistics on poverty in Europe

Image1Second peer-to-Peer visit held at the food bank of Calvados, France on November 14th - 15th.

This time it was the presidents of the Algarve and Setúbal food banks in Portugal, as well as the Secretary General of the Greek food bank, who came to identify the best practices of the Calvados food bank in France, and assess their replicability in the network.

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This is the time of the year to evaluate our actions of the past months and to propose our traditional wishes for the end of the year season. As I share the daily life of food bankers, I know that your contribution to the successes of your respective food bank or food bank federation is crucial. It is precisely the humble works of the 15.000 regular food banking volunteers that makes up the excellence of our results. 

unileverfebaééééFood banks for a brighter future in Central and Eastern Europe

Back in November 2014, FEBA and Unilever signed a partnership agreement to support the infrastructure for food banking in Central and Eastern Europe. This region was chosen due the growing amount of children at risk of living in food poverty and social exclusion, and the lack of food banks to support the children and families in need. Read our flyer below to learn about our progress and what our collaboration has enabled.


FYT2016Enterprise Rent-A-Car launches the Fill Your Tank programme

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, through its Fill York Tank programme, is marking the 60th anniversary of Enterprise, with generous gifts to The Global FoodBanking Network, Feeding America, and Food Banks Canada.

Strong progress for the Beograd Food Bank

FEBA representatives paid a three-day visit to the Beograd Food Bank in Serbia in early October. The purpose of the visit was to support the progress of the food bank, learn more about their fruitful partnership with national retailer Delhaize, and to discuss further options to alleviate current obstacles to food donations in Serbia.

jacquesJacques Vandenschrik is elected president of FEBA

After four years of talented leadership, Isabel Jonet, is passing on the relay as president of FEBA to Jacques Vandenschrik from

Belgium. Jacques was elected the new president of FEBA on October 22nd at the last board meeting in Bourg-la-Reine, France.

Message from the new president:

"To all my friends involved in food banking, I wish you well in your invaluable work fighting food waste and hunger for the sake of the most deprived persons and a reduced waste of our endangered earth resources. In fighting hunger, we help persons of different nationalities but they all share a common condition, a sort of super-nationality called poverty. In fighting food waste,we help our environment by reducing the emission of greenhouse gas. Let us improve in our missions and help those with less resources or new to food banking achieve their goals.

I wish you, those whom you love abd those who you care for, a peaceful end of the year. Jacques Vandenschrik"

Read the Press release on Jacques' election as president of FEBA.


"No time to waste, no food to waste" at TESCO stores in Central Europe

On Tuesday, October 18th, Ian Hutchins, the International Communication Manager of TESCO, signed a collaboration agreement with the presidents of the federations of food banks in Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

feba presentationWe came, we learned and we shared skills

On October 3rd, we kicked off a 4-day training session, on the necessary steps to develop and manage a food bank. The session was hosted by the Lombardy food bank (Milan, Italy) in collaboration with the Fondazione Banco Alimentare in Milan, Italy.

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imagesThe Danish Food Bank, Fødevarebanken, has launched the project Brain Food, which will provide breakfast and snacks to 17 primary schools in the districts Lolland Falster and Guldborgsund. This is huge goal for fighting food poverty in Denmark.

IMG 20160630 100534 1 v2The 8th food donation campaign “Neighborhood Food Collection” resulted in the donation of nearly 1 million meals for FareShare charities!

40.000 fresh sandwiches were collected during the UEFA EURO Cup in Paris this summer! “Foot for Food” was the campaign collaboration between the French Federation of Food Banks and the European Football Association, who joined forces to fight hunger and food waste during Europe’s biggest football event.

Capture d e cran 2016 09 12 a  11.31.40 v2Recovery, collection and REDISTRIBTION of food for charitable purposes” is the title of the new best practice manual for food donations, published by The Italian Federation of Food banks, Fondazione Banco Alimentare ONLUS in collaboration with Caritas Italy.

Congratulations to the team at Matsentralen, the Oslo food bank, who were awarded the national Environment Award for 2016!

Donating food online” was the campaign, by the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks, which was nominated for a “Portugal Digital Award” in June 2016.

Raben logoThe Polish Food Bank has enjoyed a successful first year of collaboration with the logistics company Raben Group. Raben Group has transported more than 16,000 pallets of food with short best-before dates to the Polish Food Banks.

Queen Sofia of Spain paid an official visit to the Food Bank in Zaragoza back in April, to meet and acknowledge the valuable work carried out by the more than 130 volunteers.

Michelin Man v2Apart from the royal visit the world famous tire company Michelin Spain Portugal S.A, has signed a three-year agreement with the Federation of Spanish Food Banks.

 MG 6799 copy v2FEBA is happy to welcome our new Communication Service Provider:
Carolina Diaz-Lönborg. She will handle communication related activities, such as social media, website content, press articles and newsletters as well as assisting in the planning of our events.

“Every Meal Matters” is the name of the food donation guide launched on June 30, 2016 in Brussels by the three organizations (See links below).

Twelve million tons of edible food is currently wasted in the processing and retail sectors (source: EU- FUSIONS study (March 2016). A tiny percentage of these quantities is recovered currently to make them available to vulnerable people. At the same time food insecurity continues to increase in Europe and food banks need to recover more nutritious food to support more people in need and better.

photo peer visitAs part of a new program aiming at strengthening the professionalism of FEBA food bankers, a first peer-to-peer visit took place end of March at the Tournai food bank in Belgium.
Two managers from Fareshare UK, accompanied by a coordinator from FEBA, spent two days with Jacques Vandenschrik (president of the food bank) and his team to exchange on their operating processes, understand the differences and identify successful best practices.

skills sharing buda 4bAccording to the most recent EU-FUSION study, it is estimated that the food service sector accounts (Hotel, Restaurants and Catering/Canteens) for 12% of the total edible food wasted every year in the EU, which is more than 6 million tons.
The recovery of prepared food with high nutritional value from many outlets, often small, coupled with regulatory issues presents many challenges for food banks, their volunteers and the associations they serve, this is the reason why the recovery rate is currently so low.

Europe descended on Edinburgh for the annual FEBA conference during the last weekend of April 2016. As this spectacular city played host to our members, partners, sponsors and guests, we knuckled down and enjoyed sharing the innovative practices implemented by food banks with great results to recover more food surplus in order to support more people in need.

Photo Visite VienneOn March 16 and 17, two FEBA member team visited the Wiener Tafel (Vienna Food Bank) and the Austrian Food Banks Association in Vienna. This was the first meeting with them since the Wiener Tafel had been agreed as member of FEBA. 

Photo contest

We are organizing a photo contest for our 30th anniversary illustrating one of FEBA’s four values: “giving / sharing / fighting food waste / European solidarity.” So, make a photo on the theme and send it - creative, funny, happy, whatever - to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before APRIL 5th, 2016.

The photo of the winners will be published on various supports of FEBA (Facebook page and FEBA’s website) and will win the FEBA’s 30th anniversary present.

FEBA RGB logo30th full FINALThe European Federation of Food Banks will be holding its 30th annual convention in Edinburgh from Friday April 22 to Sunday April 24, organised in collaboration with Fareshare, FEBA UK Member.

There will be about 70 delegates from 25 countries who will share our “skills in fighting food waste to tackle food poverty”.

Several workshops will address the issues of food rescue from various angles.


Visit Estonia 2A visit of the Estonian Foodbank, Toidupank, on February, has permitted to notice the important achievement since its creation in 2010. It already benefits from a strong image and the team there is highly dedicated and professional.
It was the occasion to get an excellent feedback on the Food Hygiene and Safety training given by an expert from the French Federation in Toidupank in January. Then, various visits were achieved in charitable organizations, such as Salvation Army which is an important partner of the Food Bank. And with members of the Ministry of Social Affairs, a member of the North-Tallin city Governement at social department and two Members of the Estonian Parliament one being the Chairman of the Commission on social affairs. These meetings will hopefully lead to financial support from the State.

Photo loiIn France, on February 11th, 2016, a law was promulgated to empower and mobilize growers, processors, retail stores, caterers, charitable organizations and consumers to fight against food waste.

The law covers three main aspects. First, supermarkets with a footprint of 400 sq meters or more will have to sign donation contracts with charities. Second, manufacturers or products under private label will not be prevented from donating their surplus to charitable organizations. Third, a penalty of €3,750 will be imposed to supermarkets which make edible food products unfit for human consumption.

The law will be enforced from February 11th, 2017 onwards.

Jacques Bailet, President of the French Federation of Food Banks, commented on the new law: “As supermarkets will be obliged to sign a donation agreement with charities, even if many others already exist, we’ll be able to increase the quality and diversity of food we get and distribute,” he said. “In terms of nutritional balance, we currently have a deficit of meat and fruit and vegetables. This will hopefully allow us to push for those products.”

IMG 4838On January 12nd, Isabel Jonet, President of FEBA, and Dr. Juan José Freijo, Global Head of Sustainability of Brambles, signed a 3 year partnership agreement.

Brambles Group is one of the world’s leading logistics company with subsidiaries - CHEP, IFCO and Pallecon - operating equipment pooling services. Brambles is highly committed with sustainability of its services and Corporate Social Responsibility.

It wishes to complement those programs by addressing the mounting poverty and malnutrition in developed countries.
The purpose of this Agreement is to set out the terms of a European partnership between FEBA and Brambles whereby Brambles will influence customers in Europe to help spread the word and reduce food waste through increased collaboration, and to provide funding, volunteer support, supply chain know-how and the use of pallets & container services.

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

“Continue!” says Pope Francis to the 7 000 people attending the audience given at the Vatican on October 3rd to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the food bank foundation in Italy.

Audience PapalePope Francis encouraged throughout his speech the work of all the food banks. He started by deploring the dimensions taken by hunger in the world, not only in poor countries but above all in rich and developed countries. He claimed that “today, hunger has taken the dimensions of a real scandal which threatens the life and dignity of too many people”.
“We can educate ourselves to humanity, learn to recognize humanity in every person who is in need”, he continued. According to Pope Francis, the food banks have understood that “the walls of individualism and selfishness have to be slaughtered”. And he followed saying that “you may think that your contribution is a drop of water in the ocean, but in reality, it is so precious”.

The Pope ended his discourse with a message of solidarity. “Difficulties that you surely have to face do not discourage you but lead you to support each other more and more, in a beautiful competition of charity.”

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

Welcome Wiener Tafel (Austria) to the FEBA network

Welcome to Viena's TafelFollowing a FEBA assessment visit of the governance, operating processes and financials conducted in September, the Board of the Wiener Tafel made the decision to apply for membership in November. This application was agreed by the Board of Directors of FEBA on Dec 15th.

Founded in 1999, the Wiener Tafel currently service 18 000 vulnerable people on a regular basis through more than 100 charity organizations which support them. In 2014, it distributed 500 tons of products.
It is also a key founder of the Association of Austrian Food banks (“Verband der Österreichischen Tafeln”) created in 2014, together with two other smaller food banks the Flachgauer Tafel (Salzbourg area) and the Klagenfurt Tafel.
Next step should be the membership agreement of this Association.

We gladly welcome our new Austrian member.

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

“The presentations and the connections made will definitively help my food bank” said a participant of the experience sharing session on Food Hygiene and Safety - September 30th to October 2nd

Formation LyonThis 2,5 day session took place in Lyon (France), co-organised with the experts from the French Federation, the Rhône Food Bank and Cargill company.

Eighteen participants from ten countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, Spain and Ukraine) attended the session.

To set the stage for the session, each participant presented its food hygiene and safety organization, successful experiences to share and current challenges they were facing.

Then followed technical presentations mixed with illustrative visits in the various area of the warehouse where food is handled, stored and distributed.

The guide of good practices in food hygiene and safety and edited by the French Federation was extensively discussed as well as the organization of training for the employees of food banks and their partner charities.

Attendees had also the opportunity to visit a social grocery for vulnerable people operated by a food bank partner charity with food delivered from the Lyon food bank and discuss food safety issues and hygiene procedures in place.

All participants recognized the great professionalism of the speakers and the wealth of the exchanges. Great opportunity to share experience in the network!

Our sincere thanks to Cargill-Europe for their support to this session.

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

FEAD platform for exchange of experience and dissemination of outcomes.

The launch of the platform was announced in March 2015 by DG Employment and Social Affairs.

On November 16, 2015, Ecorys, the consulting firm selected to provide the technical assistance presented an overview of the platform to the FEAD EU Stakeholder Group made of, among others, FEBA, EAPN, Red Cross Europe, Eurodiacona, Caritas Europe...

As a first step, EAPN was tasked to organize national focus group meetings on the FEAD program to gather information to help develop the FEAD Network and Platform starting January 2016.

Presentation Ecorys Nov 2015Click on the picture to read the full presentation

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

Some great advances in Serbia (visit November 19 & 20)

The visit started by attending a collection of surplus food handled by RETO (an organization supporting substance addicted people) in a Delhaize supermarket in Beograd. RETO is one of the partner charities that the Beograd Food Bank has selected and is monitoring to collect food from retail stores.
In a meeting on the same day, Delhaize company confirmed its will to expand the donation of food surplus including damaged packaging products from the 62 stores currently involved to most of them nationwide.

Meetings were also organized with Metro, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole, companies which provide regular support to various programs implemented by the Beograd Food Bank.

A session was held with a member of the Serbian Parliament to discuss current obstacles to food donation by companies and provide information on the ways other governments in Europe have been able to successfully lift most of them. Also discussed was a new law in preparation aimed at reducing the amount of edible food waste in the country.

FEBA e-Newsletter - December 2015

Food banking awareness is increasing in Albania (visit November 16-18)

AlbaniaAlbania (2,9 million inhabitants) is the second poorest country in Europe (after Moldova) with half a million people living on 1€ a day with food spending representing 80% of their revenues.

Food Bank Albania was founded two years ago in Tirana and is gradually building its foundations with new regular volunteers, young Albanians and foreigners, joining the team. A full time office manager has also been hired recently with the support of FEBA to handle the relations with companies, institutions and schools thus contributing to an increasing awareness of the mission and activities of the food bank.
It has also established three satellite branches in other parts of the country.

There are many administrative burdens in the country and the 20% VAT on donated products makes it very difficult to recover food surpluses from manufacturing companies and retailers. Discussions are being held with authorities to remove some of those obstacles to donations.

Currently, the majority of collected food comes from in-store collections and also from events organized in private schools, universities and businesses.

A new delivery van will soon be needed with the increase of their activity.