1) Actively avoid food waste
According to the European Parliament, every person throws about 345 kg of food away in Belgium, in The Netherlands even 540 kg. Around half of that waste is due to the actions of consumers, as well as industry, supermarkets and the catering and hospitality sector. Huge quantities of food are simply destroyed, and you can help reduce that figure by donating surplus food to food banks.
2) Contribute to the fight against poverty
Less than 5% of all surplus food reaches the Food Banks, which is a very small amount – especially when we consider that the Dutch Food Banks provide food to an average of 151 000 people a year, but that more than 1.2 million people live in poverty in the Netherlands. In Belgium, almost 170,000 people were helped in 2019, but the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion is set at 2.25 million (19.5%).
Moreover, COVID-19 has also led to a large increase in the number of people asking for food aid in 2020. During the first wave of this crisis, 15% more people called on the food banks in Belgium. In the Netherlands, too, the number of people increased by more than 8% in mid-year compared to the same period in 2019. So by donating production and food surpluses to the food banks, you are contributing to a healthy society and fighting hunger.