Poverty alleviation through the Swiss Food Bank

Photo: (c) unsplash.com/Farhad Ibrahimzade

CHF45.4 million worth of food and non-food items were saved from being thrown away by the Swiss Food Bank in 2023. This amounts to 6,500 tons.

Through saving these items from the rubbish bin, it allowed for the preparation of 18.6 million meals for people living in poverty. Most of the goods come from retail and industry. The growth has been the result of the opening of additional retail outlets in central and northwestern Switzerland. 

An extra 400 tons of good and extra food or non-food items were saved than in 2022. Per day 25 tonnes of food alone was saved according to the Swiss Food Bank. 

The unwanted goods and food are picked up from 515 branches of major Swiss distributors and delivered by the organisation to around 500 social institutions including soup kitchens, emergency shelters, homeless shelters and food distribution centres. Every year, thousands of people affected by poverty benefit from the work of the Swiss Food Bank.

Photo: (c) unsplash.com/Farhad Ibrahimzade

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/thousands-of-tons-of-swiss–waste–alleviates-poverty/49109292

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