Together against food poverty: How the food banks in Germany are helping

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Germany, one of the richest countries in the world, is facing an often overlooked problem: food poverty. While supermarket shelves are overflowing and tons of food is wasted, many people do not have sufficient access to healthy food. This hidden form of poverty affects a surprisingly broad section of society - from single parents to pensioners to low-income families. Currently, around 3 million people in Germany cannot afford a healthy diet and are affected by food poverty.

Food poverty in Germany has various causes, including low pensions and salaries, long-term unemployment, chronic diseases, inflation and insufficient support for refugees or single parents. However, there are a number of organizations and initiatives that want to change this.

The Tafel: one of the largest social-ecological movements in Germany

In Germany, there are over 970 food banks that are responsible for rescuing and distributing food. With 60,000 helpers, the banks save around 265,000 tons of food every year that is safe to eat but is often no longer suitable for sale, such as bread from the day before or vegetables with minor blemishes. They regularly distribute these foods to 1.6 to 2 million people affected by poverty. The food banks therefore play an enormously important role for people in Germany who are affected by food poverty.

The Tafel: one of the largest social-ecological movements in Germany

Lower food donations despite increasing demand

The food banks have faced various crises in recent years. Modern systems in retail have led to less food being thrown away. The fact that less food is being thrown out is encouraging, but it also means a decline in food donations to the food banks. At the same time, some food banks have seen a 50% increase in customers since the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and inflation. Inflation and rising food prices in particular have led to low-income earners, pensioners, students, single parents and refugees becoming increasingly dependent on the food banks in recent years. These factors are leading to a state of emergency. Financial and logistical support is urgently needed.

Lower food donations despite increasing demand

How can you support the work of the food bank?

Supporting the food bank and similar organizations is more important today than ever, and everyone can contribute.

Donate your time: 60,000 helpers support the food bank, 95% of them on a voluntary basis. Whether several times a week, only for certain events, or as part of corporate volunteering, you can support the food bank directly with voluntary work. Here you can find the food banks in your area and ask what kind of help is needed there.

Donate money or food : Organizations like the food bank rely on donations to fund their important work. A monetary donation to the food bank or a similar organization can make a big difference. You can also contact a food bank near you to find out what food is most needed and then donate food directly to the food bank.

share has been supporting the Tafel since 2018. With the Future checking account, it is now possible to support both the Tafel Deutschland and the Berliner Tafel.

With our first project, we have already financed the rescue and distribution of food for over 1 million meals, but we want and can achieve much more together with you.
The project is now entering its second phase. More information about the follow-up project can be found here .

Photo credits

  • Header image: Tafel Deutschland eV / Dagmar Schwelle
  • Photo 2: Tafel Deutschland eV / Dagmar Schwelle
  • Photo 3: Tafel Deutschland eV / Nikolaus Urban
  • Photo 4: Tafel Deutschland eV / Reiner Pfisterer
  • Photo 5: Tafel Deutschland eV / Reiner Pfisterer

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