The Food Bank collection is scheduled for November 27, 28 and 29 in supermarkets across France. Faced with the health crisis, the Deux-Sèvres Food Bank has decided not to organize this annual collection. It is maintained in Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime.
There will be no Food Bank collection in Deux-Sèvres supermarkets on November 27, 28 and 29, 2020. Jean-Michel Pérou, the president of the Deux Sèvres Food Bank, based in Parthenay, explains that the health crisis does not allow this collection to be organized in a sufficiently secure manner for the volunteers. They are around a thousand each year, many of them retirees, to give of their time on the last weekend of November to collect donations made by customers of supermarkets. “We do not want to endanger our volunteers who are, for the most part, over 65 years old.” explains Jean-Michel Pérou.
In Deux-Sèvres, the collection will therefore be postponed until next spring, to a date that has yet to be specified. Each year, the Food Bank 79 collects around 85 tonnes of non-perishable products during the three collection days, which represents 10% of its stocks. The daily pick up in supermarkets, on the other hand, is maintained.
To replace this operation, the Deux-Sèvres Food Bank asks donors to send a check (tax deductible) to the association or to go to the website, monpaniersolidaire.fr to make a donation. This virtual collection platform will be activated from November 20 at the national level.
Dematerialized donations in Vienne
In Vienne, Charente and Charente-Maritime, collection is maintained while respecting strict health instructions.
In Vienne, this operation, traditionally organized during the last weekend of November, provides between 10 and 15% of annual supplies. These batches of non-perishable food are then distributed to charitable associations in the department which must now face a significant increase in the number of their beneficiaries.
The health protocol, developed at the national level, provides for providing each volunteer with disposable chasubles, gloves and masks. Hydroalcoholic gel will be made available to everyone.
An innovation this year, dematerialized donations will also be available to donors in many supermarkets in Vienne. Coupons will be distributed at the store entrance and will be recorded at the cash desk when you pay. The Food Bank will thus have a kitty with the trade allowing it to choose the products it needs. This system allows for less handling, but customers can, at the same time, continue to choose the products they wish to donate themselves from the shelves. This year, still in order to avoid too many manipulations, donors will have to deposit the merchandise directly in bins. Everything will then be sorted by the volunteers, once back at the depot.
The Food Bank of Vienne is always looking for volunteers to supplement its workforce. Nearly 500 people are mobilized each year.
In Charente and in Charente Maritime, the collection is maintained in the traditional way but in Charente it will only be spread over two days, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November, in order to reduce the risks of exposure to the virus for volunteers. In Charente-Maritime, 140 tonnes of products are harvested each year. In both departments, as everywhere in France, all health precautions will be taken.
In Saintes, the food bank is calling for volunteers to participate in the collection. She needs arms to hold a shopping cart for two hours in a large or medium-sized store. If you wish to participate in this collection, you must call 05 46 90 66 58 or go to 9 rue Eugène Fromentin in Saintes.