Food Bank: help bring food aid to people living in povertyHow does your donation help?
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Siin kuvatakse alates juunist 2019 organisatsioonile tehtud annetusi.
How does your donation help?
Due to the corona crisis, a lot of people in the service, tourism, catering and transport sector, as well as other fields, have lost their jobs or experienced significant pay cuts. Many large or single-parent families, elderly or disabled people are also in need of food aid. The people who receive help from the Food Bank has increased by a whopping 60% during the crisis period. Our goal is to raise EUR 50,000 to buy more dry foods, canned food, healthy juices, etc., and to help about 20,000 people with food packages.
According to Statistics Estonia, in 2019, 20.7% of the population lived in relative poverty and 2.3% in absolute poverty. At the end of last year, the 15 food banks in Estonia served 12,000 people a week, which makes up almost 1% of the Estonian population. In total, we distributed 2.47 million kilograms of food to people living in poverty last year.
The Food Bank distributes food every week. The lists of people in need of food aid are compiled by 52 local governments and 160 charity organisations. Each week, 300 volunteers transport, collect, inspect, pack and dispense food.
Getting a weekly food package from the Food Bank helps families save money for other important expenses, such as rent, kids’ clothes, footwear and school supplies, as well as hobby activities and sports. After all, these are our people – our friends, acquaintances, neighbours, people we played sports with, sang in the same choir or danced in the same folk dance group before the pandemic began...
Food aid from the food banks is meant as temporary aid, first and foremost, for families with small children and/or large families living below the subsistence level, but also to other least privileged individuals. Food banks get information about people in need from local social departments. Additionally, all food banks work with other charity organisations that also help people in difficult situations. Under normal circumstances, food banks provide food aid to about 9,000 people per week. Food aid is comprised of surplus food grocery stores and food donated by companies and private persons.
The organization is included on the list of income tax incentive non-profit organizations. More information on relevant taxation can be found here: Donating and taxes.
The organization is included on the list of income tax incentive non-profit organizations and the donors will get back the income tax paid from their donation and the donations made by companies are tax-free (Estonian Income Tax Act § 49). Read more about taxes: Donating and taxes.