Romania throws away about 6,000 tons of good food daily, although 7 million Romanian people are on the verge of poverty, according to the Bucharest Food Bank.
In addition, two-thirds of families in rural areas cannot afford daily food, and half of the children in the country are at risk of extreme poverty.
“It is a thorny problem that concerns us all and whose solution can bring relief among needy families. The Food Bank was established three years ago, in Bucharest, as a pilot project for Romania, to show that there is waste, and now there is a second bank in Cluj, which works, a third one in Roman and we have a project that will was operating in Brasov next month and we want to slowly, sustainably, make every region of Romania have such a bank,” said Gabriel Sescu, President of the Bank for Food Collection and Distribution.
Romania throws away about 6,000 tons of good food daily
According to him, one of the problems raised three years ago was whether the goods will reach those in need, because in Romania it is quite common for things to be diverted.
“We are being monitored by the European Federation of Food Banks to see if we comply with various storage rules, if the beneficiary organizations and the natural persons receiving food are really social cases,” Sescu added.
The bank works with more than 100 NGOs and so far this year, 609 tons of food have been collected, mainly from the big chain stores. These foods had 20,000 direct beneficiaries.
The Association for Food Collection and Distribution Bank was established in July 2016, to put in the service of the company an instrument through which food and personal hygiene products, which are in validity, as well as those that are no longer needed by the owners, but which are good for use, collected, properly stored and then redistributed free of charge to organizations that provide services to disadvantaged people.