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Free food for Europe's poor


Over the last twenty years, the budget for the Most Deprived food distribution programme has grown from € 97 million to over € 300 million in 2008. It has increased again in the context of the 2004 enlargement and again in 2006, when most of the new Member States joined the programme.


  • Budget allocated to Member States for free distribution since 1988 (EU level) [pdf]
  • Breakdown of financial resources (%) made available to implement the plan in each Member States (2008) [pdf]


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Who are the EU's most deprived persons?

Impact assessment

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Last update: 19-03-2008