On 27 and 28 of November, the Food Collection Campaign promoted by the Food Banks Against Hunger will once again have teams of volunteers in supermarkets across the country, to collect food donations for sharing with families in need.

Since May 2020, the pandemic has prevented the presence in stores of the volunteers. Now, after almost two years, the teams return to their “posts”, at the entrances of the establishments, with the purpose of receiving donations of basic food products.

“It is with great joy that we announce the return of teams of volunteers to the field in yet another Food Collection Campaign from the Food Banks. Volunteers will be present to receive food donations and provide information about the Ajuda Vale campaign” says Isabel Jonet, President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger.

20,000 volunteers in 1,200 stores

Around 20,000 volunteers will be present at the entrance of approximately 1,200 commercial establishments, distributed from the North to South of the country, inviting people to share food with the many families that face food shortages every day, a situation made worse by the economic and social impact of the pandemic.

Participating in the campaign is simple: just accept a bag from the Food Bank and place food items in it – preferably non-perishable products (such as milk, preserves, olive oil, sugar, flour, pasta, etc.) and hand it over to the volunteers on the way out.

The donated products will be sent to the warehouses of the 21 Food Banks operating in the region where they are donated, and then weighed, separated and packaged before then being distributed.