The Federation of Polish Food Banks
Outcome:
organisational grant
City (headquarters):
Warszawa
Voivodeship (headquarters):
mazowieckie
Dates:
01-05-2022 - 30-04-2024
Status:
in progess
Project cost:
100 000 EUR
Funding:
100 000 EUR
Outreach:
nationwide

The 32 Food Banks operating across the country that make up the Federation of Polish Food Banks save food from going to waste and donate it to those most in need. The main sources of food are: food producers and distributors (e.g. 11 nationwide commercial chains with 2142 shops), nationwide in-kind food collections (with the participation of up to 50,000 volunteers per year) and the Food Aid Operational Programme. From the commercial chains, the Federation rescues products worth approximately PLN 200 million every year. The Food Bank Network distributes food obtained by the Federation and independently by the Banks to about 3,200 local partner organisations and institutions, which reach with food parcels and ready meals directly to about 1.5 million people in need all over Poland (that is about 55,000 tonnes of food per year). FPFB also organises food and in-kind assistance to refugees from Ukraine – it coordinates the acquisition and logistics of donations, maps the needs of refugees, creates and updates donation databases. The organisation’s biggest successes include successfully lobbying for a change in the law – the introduction of a law in 2019 to prevent food waste by retail chains. The organisation spearheaded a project that developed a food waste monitoring system (2018-2021). This made it possible to determine how many tonnes of food are actually wasted in Poland (4.8 million tonnes of food per year). The Federation also digitised the processes of reducing food loss and waste. Within the framework of the organisational grant, the Federation will conduct trainings (e.g. on communication, IT solutions, food safety) for its members and cooperating entities, will work on rebuilding experience exchange mechanisms in the Food Banks network, will conduct research on the scale and characteristics of malnutrition and the specificity and needs of aid organisations. It will unify the communication and promotion of the Food Banks belonging to the network.

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