The Food Banks against Hunger (BA) collected 2,086 tons of
food during a national campaign that took place over the weekend, a figure that
represents a 24% increase compared to the campaign carried out in the same
period in 2021, according to data from Portuguese Federation of Food Banks
Against Hunger sent to Lusa.
Speaking to the Lusa, the president of the institution
admitted that the most recent campaign “exceeded all expectations”, pointing
out that, taking into account inflation, it would be difficult to predict that
it would be possible to exceed the values of previous campaigns.
“It is perhaps the one in which the largest amount of
donations was obtained. In terms of quantity, the value is very close to the
2017 campaigns, which was when the highest numbers were recorded”, said Isabel
For the official, “the Portuguese joined enthusiastically”
and the level of adherence demonstrates the “attention of the Portuguese
towards the most vulnerable families and who face more difficult situations”.
“Today we all know families that are experiencing
difficulties”, pointed out the official, admitting that this is one of the
reasons why so many people have contributed.
Isabel Jonet recalled that the current situation is “totally
different” from 2017, since the country faces an inflationary scenario and a
lot of insecurity about the future because of the war in Ukraine, to which added the expectation that interest rates do not decrease in the short term.
“We could have foreseen much less donations and what we
found was that the bags were a little less full, but there were many more
people donating and volunteers helping”, she underlined.
Isabel Jonet even admitted that she never imagined achieving
such a result: “It's incredible. This adhesion is a sign of a solidarity that
does not slow down”.
Last year, the 21 Food Banks operating in Portugal
distributed 34,551 tons of food (with an estimated value of 48 million euros).
In 2020, almost two million Portuguese were at risk of
poverty, 200,000 more people than in the previous year, according to data
released by the National Statistics Institute (INE) in January.