300 parcels sent every week by Luxembourg food bank
(CS) In 2013 the Luxembourg food bank distributed around 300 parcels every week, trying to spread a bit of Christmas cheer to those in need with festive cake in the run-up to the holidays.
Founded in 2001, the Luxembourg food bank has an increasing number of customers in the Grand Duchy – unfortunately. “We put together 300 parcels every week. This number has doubled over the course of three years,” explained Andy Evans, one of food bank's volunteers.
From 34 tonnes of food distributed in 2011, the amount has increased to around 55 tonnes this year – a sign that poverty in Luxembourg is on the rise, according to Evans.
Canned goods and other products with a longer shelf-life, such as pasta and rice, but also dairy products are distributed by the food bank.
Also on the list of goods that are handed out are baby food and formula. “Food for children is a priority for us,” Evans commented. “An education, school – that is the way out of poverty. And you can only get through the school day with a full stomach.”
The food bank counts around six volunteers who manage supplies and put together the parcels. On Mondays food is collected. Boxes are packed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and handed out Thursdays and Fridays.
“We don't know the recipients,” explained Evans, saying that the food bank is responsible for packing the boxes, while other charities and social authorities decide who benefits. Each recipient gets a specific box, for example taking into account what kind of kitchen equipment is available.
For Christmas the volunteers have been able to put a little surprise in the boxes. “We were able to get a hold of panettone, Italian Christmas cake,” said Evans, smiling.
Reporting by Marc Thill