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CHEP supports food banks

How market leader in sustainable supply chain solutions combats hunger and food waste

 The provider of sustainable supply chain solutions, CHEP Benelux, has been bringing goods to consumers in supermarkets via its blue pallets for more than 40 years. But CHEP wants to go a step further and contribute to a world without waste and hunger.

That is why CHEP encourages its Belgian and Dutch customers to donate food surpluses to the food banks. CHEP pays back the pallets for their transport. With this action, which runs throughout the year, CHEP Benelux and its customers want to help the food banks, which are desperately needed in these uncertain times. CHEP hopes to be able to use more than 15,000 pallets this year for the benefit of people living in poverty.

The number of people knocking on the door of the Food Banks is increasing. During the first wave of the covid crisis, 15% more people called on the Food Banks in Belgium. In the Netherlands, too, the number of people increased by more than 8% halfway through the year compared to the same period in 2019. The current second wave will put even more pressure on the financial capacity of many families.

Moreover, the Food Banks are seeing a decrease in the supply of food and essential goods such as toilet paper and toothpaste. This is why CHEP Benelux encourages its customers to donate their production surpluses to the Food Banks? They can easily report this via the online customer portal. When producers use the blue CHEP pallets for transport to the food banks, CHEP pays back the use of the pallets. 

Vanessa Stark, Country General Manager CHEP Benelux: "There is more need for food aid than ever in this difficult period. We are happy to be able to contribute to society by providing logistical help with transport to the food bank. By offering our pallets, we want to encourage our customers not to unnecessarily destroy their production surpluses but to use them for the benefit of the community".

Last year CHEP Benelux recorded 12,385 pallets for transport from producers to the food banks in Belgium and the Netherlands. This year they hope to reach the milestone of 15,000 pallets.

Tackling food waste with European Food Banks


CHEP works with its customers on more sustainable supply chains, with less waste. By working with food banks CHEP also reduces food waste. An action that is perfectly in line with CHEP's sustainability goals for 2025, with the company striving for regenerative supply chains. In short, CHEP wants to have a positive impact on the planet, on businesses and on society. By doing more good than bad. The cooperation with the Food Banks is part of the positive impact CHEP wants to make on society.

Food waste: 10% of food bought is not eaten
Dutch households wasted an average of 34.3 kg of food per person per year on solid food (including thick liquids and dairy) in 2019. The 34.3 kg of food wasted is 9.5% of the edible food bought by households per person. In Flanders, all Flemish households together throw away 240,925 tons of food annually, or 37 kg per person per year. 
But food production and processing also play a major role in food waste. Twenty-six million tonnes of food in Europe are lost every year in that initial phase, which represents 30% of all food waste. 

Cooperation between European food banks
Since 2016, CHEP has had a cooperation agreement at European level with the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA). Both have joined forces to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Europe and reduce food waste and waste. CHEP supports the FEBA through donations, but also in kind by sharing its expertise, providing advice and offering training. Through this collaboration, CHEP aims to ensure an efficient supply chain, as well as contribute to the reduction of food waste and CO2 emissions associated with the destruction of food.

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About the Food Banks Netherlands
Voedselbanken Nederland is the organisation that gathers 172 food banks and 10 distribution centres. The Food Banks help those who are really struggling financially by temporarily providing them with food aid. In order to provide our customers with sufficient food, the Food Banks work together with companies, institutions, municipalities and private individuals. Together, they ensure that poverty is combated, food surpluses disappear and the environment is less polluted. To increase our customers' self-reliance, they work together with local organisations that help customers get back on their feet.
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About the Belgian Federation of Food Banks
The Belgian Federation of Food Banks is a coordinating body representing a national network of 9 regional food banks. These 9 Food Banks are responsible for the logistical redistribution of food products to 618 local member associations. The charitable associations are responsible for the distribution of food to people in need.
The aim of the Food Banks is to provide food aid to the underprivileged. To this end, they receive, free of charge, a significant quantity of food from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), as well as products donated by the food industry, by large companies in the distribution sector, by fruit and vegetable auctions and also by organising various food collections among the general public.
In 2019, 17,936 tonnes of food were collected and distributed to 168,476 beneficiaries with the help of 327 volunteers from the Food Banks together with thousands of volunteers from 618 local member associations.
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