Food banks launched this Friday, November 26 their traditional national collection at the exit of supermarkets. They hope to collect enough food this year to cover the increase in the number of applicants in France.
This quarter, “the attendance of our associations has increased by nearly 12% compared to last year,” warns Laurence Champier, general manager of the French Federation of Food Banks.
“The health crisis has clearly tipped over people in precarious situations”, underlines the general manager.
In September 2020, “50% of beneficiaries had been using food aid for less than 6 months”.
No less than 110,000 “orange vests” are mobilizing on November 26, 27 and 28 in nearly 8,000 stores in France to collect food.
Food banks hope “to return to the figure of 2019, or 24 million meals” collected. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, donations represented the equivalent of 18 million meals distributed.