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Fund for European aid to the most deprived helped 14 million people in 2015

Kitchen serving food in homeless shelter © Shutterstock / Monkey Business Images

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports the most disadvantaged groups in society, by providing food, basic goods such as clothing, footwear and toiletries, or by organising social inclusion activities.

The Commission has adopted a summary report on the implementation of the FEAD in 2015, based on the reports submitted by the Member States. The FEAD financed the distribution of over 400 000 tonnes of food. It is estimated that in 2015 the FEAD partially or fully contributed to the provision of 47 million meals. School supplies and hygiene items were also distributed in three countries.

Over 14 million people, 47.2 % (6.7 million) of whom are women, are estimated to have benefited from FEAD food assistance in 2015. Approximately 30 % of the end recipients (4.1 million) are estimated to be children aged 15 or under and 10 % (1.4 million) people aged 65 or over. Among the end recipients, there are also

  • an estimated 5.5 % (0.8 million) people with disabilities,
  • almost 14 % (2 million) migrants,
  • people with a foreign background (including refugees and other beneficiaries of international protection) and minorities,
  • 8.5 % (1.2 million) homeless people.

When looking at the aggregate values for the achievements of the FEAD one has to take into account that the indicators for the number of people who benefited from FEAD are based on estimations. It is possible that in some cases end recipients are counted more than once.