7 million Romanians live below the poverty line
It is our responsibility to take care of disadvantaged people.Alina Trufas, Special Projects Manager, METRO Romania
Raising awareness so that waste does not occur in the first place
‘It is our responsibility to take care of disadvantaged people,’ says Alina Trufas. ‘By supporting the food bank, we are not only providing these people with necessary food products for daily consumption. By reducing food waste, we are also doing something for the environment. As a company, we want to give something back to the society in which we all live.’ Anca Suciu, President of Annah Association in Oradea says that in 2021, they have been able to provide recurrent food aids for 100 families and to cook 2000 hot meals per month for children in need from poor families in Bihor County – thanks to the help of the Banca pentru Alimente and METRO. ‘Through METRO, the families we care for have constantly received quality food, thus significantly improving not only the quality of life but also the access of these families to other services.’In Oradea, the United Association Dumbrava feeds over 460 ill and elderly people without homes, who have been abandoned by their families. Also over 150 children with various disabilities receive recovery therapies.
What exactly is FEBA?
Founded in 1986 in Brussels, the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is the umbrella organisation representing food banks at European level. By rescuing and distributing food that is no longer saleable but still edible and safe, they prevent food waste and are at the same time a lifeline for charities that provide food to people in need. FEBA develops partnerships with companies, supports its members by sharing best practices and training programmes, and promotes the establishment of food banks where they are most needed. Currently, 430 food banks in 29 European countries are members of FEBA. Together, they provided 9.5 million people with 768,000 tonnes of food through 45,283 charities in 2019 – thanks to the commitment and professionalism of 32,280 employees, 84% of whom are volunteers.
Food donations mean an increase in the quality of life for the recipients
Sustainability at METRO
Read more about our sustainability strategy and the 8 strategic focus areas in our Corporate Responsibility Report 2019/20.