Nursing homes, orphanages, rehabilitation centers, immigrant support bodies, organizations of people with disabilities, canteens and churches are the daily partners of the Food Bank, in a charity and solidarity network.
The Food Bank receives food from all major food companies and retailers. At the same time, service companies support its work free of charge, while large charity foundations meet operational needs. Worth mentioning is the contribution of large communication media and dozens of volunteers.
The deep and prolonged economic crisis in Greece has serious social repercussions. As a result of the extensive fall of per capita income and high unemployment, a significant part of the population seems to be facing difficulties in securing sufficient amounts of nutritious food. In this context, the food banks contribute decisively both to the combat of food poverty, and to the reduction of food waste.
The study of IOBE (Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research) summarised in this chapter of the quarterly report analyses the data on the extent of food poverty and food waste in Greece. In addition, it presents the tools available to combat these social problems, with emphasis on the Food Bank institution.