The campaign will take place across the country under the motto “Your help could be what’s missing on a family’s table” and during the three days, volunteers will be in more than two thousand commercial areas collecting donated goods.
As a rule, the Food Bank promotes two campaigns per year that aim to raise basic foods for people in need, such as milk, rice, pasta, oil, olive oil, grains, beans, tuna, sausages, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
The goods that are delivered to volunteers when leaving the supermarkets are sent to the various Food Bank warehouses, where they are separated and packaged before being distributed to people.
Until 3 December, there is also the possibility of contributing with vouchers available at supermarket checkouts or through an electronic platform available at www.alimentesaideia.pt.
The Food Bank Against Hunger calls for people to participate “at a time when more families are facing difficulties, as a result of inflation and the large increase in interest rates on housing loans”.
Speaking to Lusa in May, the president of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger, Isabel Jonet, said that requests for help had almost doubled in the first four months of the year compared to 2022.
In this year’s first national campaign, during the month of May, the Food Bank collected more than 1,719 tons of food with the help of 40,000 volunteers.
In 2022, 28,905 tons of food were distributed to 395,000 people in need.
The Portuguese Federation of Food Banks brings together the network of a total of 21 national food banks.