In the European Union, a quarter of the population(125 million people) is at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 11% cannot afford a meal with meat, chicken or fish every second day (Source Eurostat).
The European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) brings together 256 food banks in 21 countries in Europe. Its goal is to give each person in Europe, access to a sufficient and balanced diet, through the fight against waste and call for solidarity.
In 2013, the European Food Banks distributed 402 000 tons of food, equivalent to 804 million meals, to 5,7 million people in partnership with 31 000 charitable organisations and social services.
From April 25th to 27th 2014, the European Federation of Food Banks invited to Lyon the Food Banks of 26 European countries for its Annual Meeting.
The French Federation of Food Banks and the Rhone Food Bank welcomed the participants.
1984 - 2014: 30 years of FoodBanking in Europe.
On March 13th 1984, in an article entitled "I'm hungry" published in the daily newspaper La Croix, Sister Cécile Bigo denounced the scandal of poverty coexisting with food waste. Following this call for help, Bernard Dandrel and the 5 founding organizations (Secours Catholique, Emmaüs, Armée du Salut, Entraide d'Auteuil and Entraide Protestante) launched the first Food Bank in France. 30 years later, the European Federation of Food Banks is paying tribute to this initiative. 256 Food Banks in 21 countries in Europe are still fighting against hunger and food waste in Europe by the call for giving and sharing.