Liudmila Alekseeva: World Food Day

posted 26 Oct 2015, 08:39 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 26 Oct 2015, 08:50 ]

16 October 2015

By Liudmila Alekseeva

Source: Moscow Helsinki Group

Original source: Ekho Moskvy

Today, 16th October is World Food Day. First of all about the British (this was published on the Moscow Echo website last year): 

"Over the past six months half a million British people turned to a charitable organisation which distributes three days’ food supplies to starving families

Over the past six months half a million British people turned to a charitable organisation which distributes three days’ food to starving families. The number of families in need has grown by more than a third over the past year.

The Trussell Trust, a charitable fund, which organises stocks of free food throughout Great Britain, announced in its half yearly report that despite the upsurge in the economy of Great Britain, the number of families in crisis, who do not have the means to buy food, is growing. Compared with last year, there is a 38% increase in the number of people who are given vouchers for free food in one of the 400 food banks in the country.

The food bank gives food supplies to last for three days so that anyone in a crisis situation can survive and feed their children.

Hundreds of social workers, church ministers, doctors, teachers can distribute vouchers which can be redeemed in a food bank. The chief executive of the Trussell Trust, David McAuley, says that when the government social care system does not cope with the situation, there should be a system of neighbourly assistance to back it up. The incomes of the poorest do not grow alongside inflation and in spite of the upsurge in the country’s economy, these people are desperately in need of help. The smallest crisis in their lives can result in them being without food, and therefore are in need of more social benefit.

About five million British people work as volunteers or give donations to food banks to help the poor."

This information will be useful for those wanting to give material aid to our own citizens who find themselves below the poverty line.

The people of Russia mark World Food Day

More than two thousand people will take part in a national collection of food for the poor. The project is timed to coincide with marking World Food Day by the organiser, the Russian Charitable Food Foundation Rus

In two hours’ work volunteers in each city will produce from 2,500 to 5,000 portions of “National Lunches”. Each dinner consists of good quality dry products – pasta with vegetables and soya-meat or porridge with raisins. Such meals will be given to families in poverty, large families, elderly people, people with disabilities and homeless people.

“Taking part in the action are church volunteers who come to prepare lunches at Russian Orthodox churches, as well as company employees working in Russia,” says the advisor of Rus, the chair of the board of the Rus Food Foundation. “Taking part in the packing process are companies like PepsiCo, Uniliver, Cargill, Mon Delisse Russe, the OVK Group, Kellogg Russia, Mobile GTES. A number of companies decided to add to the ‘national lunch packs’ their own products as a gift to the needy.

Apart from food, the needy receive free non-food items, as well as dairy products, breakfast cereals and tea from Russian producers that are partners of the Rus Food Foundation.

The full list of participating cities, towns and villages is:

Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, Smolensk, Voronezh, Nizhny Novgorod, Borovsk, Mytishchi, Abakan, Manychskaya, Amursk, Belgorod, Kamensk-Shakhtinsky, Sergiev Posad, Tver, Tikhvin, Vyosokoklyuchevoi, Domodedovo, Kashira, Samara, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Azov, Timashevsk, Krasnodar, Tbilisskaya, Novoanninsky, and Volgograd.

World Food Day was established by the World Food Organisation (FAO) in 1979 with the aim of raising awareness about the world food problem and strengthening solidarity in the war against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

The Rus Food Foundation is willing to provide you with essential information, commentaries and photographs. The press secretary of the Foundation Anna Alieva can be contacted on 8 (910) 40-4-215 or at a.alieva@foodbankrus.ru

The Rus Food Foundation is a charitable organisation which delivers food and non-food aid to socially vulnerable sectors of the population throughout Russia. The Foundation is the first food bank in Russia and is part of the Global Food Banking Network. The Rus Food Foundation freely accepts contributions of products from Russian producers of consumer goods, trade networks and restaurants. Since 2013 alongside the Moscow help agency “Mercy” the Foundation carries out the national volunteer project “National Lunch”, for which it collects financial contributions from people for the purchase of foodstuffs. The distribution of assistance is conducted through the social services, the Russian Orthodox churches and private non-commercial organisations.

Translated by Frances Robson
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