Free food for the most deprived persons in the EU
The EU's Food Distribution programme for the Most Deprived Persons (MDP) was set up in December 1987, when the Council adopted the rules for releasing public intervention stocks of agricultural products to Member States wishing to use them as food aid for the most deprived persons of the Community.
In 2014 it was replaced by the newly established Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD). Under the FEAD the assistance available for the most deprived persons of the Union includes, besides food aid, the supply of basic materials (e.g. clothing) and social inclusion as well.