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.
FEBA's network welcomes its 257th Food Bank, Matsentralen - Oslo
Matsentralen – FEBA Norway was founded by three big charity organisations: The Salvation Army, The Blue Cross and The Church City Mission, and additionally by some representatives of food processing industries and large retailers. It was officially registered in September 2013, when it began its activities using a large state of the art warehouse rented by The Salvation Army.
Norway became a FEBA member in October 2014 and today helps more than 70 charity partner organisations which care for about 4000 people. The Food Bank (FB) will distribute about 600 tons of products in 2014. It benefits from 4 regular volunteers.