One year after the start of the pandemic, the demand for food aid persists. Food banks have recorded a 50% increase in demand over the past year. With the aim of tackling this increase, the "la Caixa" Foundation and CaixaBank are promoting the second edition of the solidarity campaign #NoHomeWithoutFood.
The #NoHomeWithoutFood action raised a total of 3.4 million euros after the start of the pandemic, with which 3,600 tonnes of basic foodstuffs were obtained and distributed among the 54 food banks associated with the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL), to be delivered to those most in need through almost 8,000 collaborating social entities.
"The pandemic is having serious consequences, to the point that millions of people are unable to cover their most basic needs and are forced to turn to food banks. In the current context, what should be most contagious is solidarity and, for this reason, we are reinforcing our commitment to social organisations by once again promoting this much-needed campaign", says the Deputy General Manager of the "la Caixa" Foundation, Marc Simón.
"We are facing an unprecedented situation that affects society as a whole, but which has an even greater impact on families with fewer resources. For this reason, thanks to the unparalleled solidarity of Spanish society, we will once again manage to maintain stocks in the 54 associated food banks with this campaign, which will allow us to continue helping all those who need it today", says the Director of the Spanish Federation of Food Banks, Miguel Fernández.
"Social commitment is one of CaixaBank's core values and an essential and differentiating factor of its model. That is why we are committed to promoting projects such as this action. We collaborate by providing essential resources for its development and the mobilisation of contributions through the new digital means of payment and online banking, channels in which CaixaBank is a leader and benchmark, with more than 7 million customers", said the Corporate Director of Social Action of the CaixaBank Network, Pedro Huguet.
According to FESBAL, the demand for help increased by around 50% after the start of the pandemic and the food banks attended to half a million more people than the previous year. In total, they assisted 1,560,000 people, of whom 360,847 were children aged 0 to 14.
As a result of the pandemic, the FESBAL has detected that the profile of the people who come to the banks has broadened: it is no longer only people in severe poverty who need food, but also families who before the crisis had medium or low incomes, and young couples who have lost their jobs due to the ERTE and ERE to which various companies have been forced. Moreover, this situation could worsen, according to the food banks, if there is no upturn in the economic recovery.
From 20 April, all citizens will be able to channel their financial support to families in vulnerable situations who are forced to turn to food banks. The total amount will be distributed among the 54 food banks associated with FESBAL, which is calling on companies and Spanish society to continue to show solidarity with those who need it most.
With a contribution of just 2 euros, the food banks can provide basic food for three people for a whole day and, with a contribution of 20 euros, a small family can sustain itself for a whole week.
From 20 April, donations can be made through CaixaBank's ATM network, the most extensive network in the country; through CaixaBank NOW, both on the app and on the website, and through CaixaBank's corporate portal, for those who are not customers of the bank. Another option for collaboration is through Bizum, by sending the donation to the number 38014.
All the information on the campaign and the different ways of collaborating can be found on the website www.ningunhogarsinalimentos.org.