On 6-7 April 2020, the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) organized the first workshop of the project “Quantifying the Impact of European Food Banks – From Farm to Fork”. The workshop was organized in collaboration with FoodCloud and took place virtually, with the main objective to identify common KPIs and impact indicators across Food Banks, discuss about what are the missing metrics and how data might look like with a platform’s web frame proposal. The report of the first online workshop will soon be available on the project's webpage.
The initiative forms part of the project “The Future of Food Banks in Europe. Preparing the 20s”, launched by FEBA in 2018, supported by a grant from the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission. The project aims to expand and strengthen the network of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) in the EU.
In 2018 and 2019 FEBA focused on expanding the knowledge and improving the skills of its membership mainly sharing best practice and knowledge amongst FEBA members to support the recovery and redistribution of surplus food to feed people in need.
Since the beginning of this year, FEBA started working on quantifying the impact of European Food Banks. The activity will be made of three milestones:
- Definition of common KPIs, dataset structure and data collection strategies;
- Development of an Observatory on food donation;
- Promotion and dissemination of the Observatory on food donation.
In addition, FEBA continues to share news on its website regarding actions taken by European Food Banks at a national level to prevent food waste during the crisis. Discover the initiatives carried out in April in Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, North Macedonia, Norway, Portugal, and Serbia.
Some of these include:
- Belgapom gives 25 tons of potatoes to the Belgian Federation of Food Banks (Fédération Belge des Banques Alimentaires) every week;
- Tafel Deutschland e.V. launched a campaign on best before dates with the support of an agency, which is supporting them with free space in public areas nationwide. This is particularly relevant because of the stockpiling and panic buying that were going on as a result of the pandemic. The poster is freely available in multiple languages (German, Arabic, English, Farsi, Russian and Turkish) for Tafel member Food Banks and pantries to order or print;
- the Food Bank in Hungary (Magyar Elelmiszerbank Egyesület) has distributed food for the value of HUF 1.5 billion in the last 3 months for people in need;
- the contribution of catering companies to the Italian Food Bank (Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus) during the COVID-19;
- the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks (Federaçao Portuguesa dos Bancos Alimentares) broadened contacts to a large number of different entities, in order to get aid in food products and services, and collected food products not used due to the closing of restaurants, which were transported and delivered to deprived people by a team of volunteers.