The international wholesale and food specialist has been the main sponsor of "Tafel Deutschland e.V." for 13 years. In addition, many of the regional partnerships in the 103 METRO stores throughout Germany have existed for more than two decades.
Ahead of the end date of the current sponsoring agreement with Germany’s food bank network Tafel Deutschland e. V., the international wholesale specialist is extending its commitment to the work of the organisation for a further 3 years. This was announced by METRO AG on the occasion of German Food Bank Day on 28 September. The funds invested by METRO are used by Tafel Deutschland e. V. to, among other purposes, provide a professional organisational structure for its work as the food banks’ umbrella association.
"The food banks make a valuable contribution on multiple levels," says Heiko Hutmacher, Labour Director of METRO AG and member of the Management Board responsible for sustainability.
Hutmacher: "They reliably support people in need in this country by supplying perfectly edible food that otherwise would end up on landfill. And they hold a mirror up to society by criticising the often thoughtless way we deal with food and calling on us to have a greater appreciation for what we eat."
Jochen Brühl, Chairman of Tafel Deutschland e. V., says: "We are elated that METRO will continue to work as our reliable partner over the next 3 years, ensuring professional food bank operations for the future. Since 1993, more than 60,000 helpers – most of them volunteers – have been building a bridge between an overabundance of food on the one hand and a lack of food on the other. Through their dedication, they not only save edible, quality food from being thrown away and assist 1.65 million people in need, but also make an important contribution to climate protection."
Main Financial Sponsor since 2006
Since 2006, METRO AG has supported Tafel Deutschland e. V. as its main financial sponsor. This cooperation with the regional food banks, which pick up surplus food daily at the company’s 103 wholesale stores in Germany, has existed in some cases for over 25 years. And it serves as a role model for many METRO countries. The company now partners with food banks in 21 nations. METRO additionally works alongside the non-profit organisations in the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA).
8 Million Meals for the Food Banks
METRO has committed itself to reducing food waste within the company by half by 2025. The food banks are a reliable partner in this effort, as they help
For the next period of this contractual partnership between
Increasing Appreciation for Food in Society
Another important part of the work of the food banks is to advocate for the appreciation of food in society. This was the focus of a joint travelling exhibition organised by the food banks and
Tafel Deutschland e. V. functions as an umbrella association for the more than 940 local food banks in Germany. Nationwide, numerous food banks celebrate the annual German Food Bank Day by holding special events around the day of action to call attention to the organisation’s dedication. With open houses, ‘long tables’, informational events or concerts, the food banks communicate their work to the public and create places of encounter and exchange. In this way, they draw attention nationwide to poverty in society, while at the same time recruiting volunteers.