Tafeln in Germany | Why demand is so high lately & how you can support them
Pandemic, war in Ukraine, rising food and energy prices – reports on crises do not come to an end, putting more and more people on low incomes in financial distress. This has a noticeable impact on the Tafel in Germany, which works day after day to support and provide people in need with inexpensive food and other household goods.
While on the one hand the need for support is rising significantly, the increased prices in almost all areas of life are simultaneously leading to a decline in the willingness to donate. In this combination, many local food banks no longer see themselves in a position to adequately supply or even accept new customers. You can find more information about this in a current press realease of the Tafel.
What does the Tafel do?
The umbrella organization Tafel Deutschland e.V. has more than 960 food banks in cities and communities throughout Germany. According to its own reports, more than 60,000 volunteers are committed to provide food and other items for people in need. Currently, more than two million people are supported by the different local food banks. In this way, the Tafel in Germany makes an enormously important contribution to the support of people with lower incomces.
Who are the people seeking support at the local food banks?
The economic collapse caused by the pandemic has already led to an enormous increase in customers. Also the high inflation rate is now forcing more and more pensioners, but also students to access the services offered by the food banks. The poverty report of the German Joint Welfare Association confirms these developments in a current data collection on the poverty rate in Germany. It states that never before have so many people had to be classified as at risk of poverty or income poverty.
In addition, there are numerous refugees, lately especially from the Ukraine who are looking for support at the Tafel. The local administrations often refer directly to the local food banks without any consultation about their capacities. This is a cause for concern, as the actual state task of supporting people in need is being outsourced to private volunteers. It is becoming more and more common that there is not enough food and volunteers available to help everyone who is currently in need of support.
This how you can support the Tafel in your city now
In this situation, the food banks are particularly dependent on sufficient donations. In addition to food donations (find more information here), financial donations are also important in order to cover rising energy costs for example. You can make a donation for the local food banks via betterplace.org or directly support the Tafel in Germany.
Whether as a driver, in the sorting and distribution of donated food or in the administration, the need for volunteer support has never been as high as it is now. Here and on vostel.de you can find numerous opportunities to get involved with the local food bank in your city.
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