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Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Tafel organization has faced its greatest challenge yet. Our volunteers have since developed new food distribution models to keep our services running as best as possible. Within a very short time, new strategies were devised that complied with the regulations and ensured the safety of everyone involved. Since then, Tafel’s work has become more difficult and costly, while some volunteers have temporarily stopped working for fear of infection. Some of the 950+ Tafel food banks in Germany have had to close for the time being.
A total of 13.2 million people in Germany are at risk of or already affected by poverty. Before the coronavirus crisis, 1.6 million people regularly visited a Tafel food bank. These people do not have enough healthy food. Many of them, especially older people, no longer come to Tafel for fear of infection. In addition, people who did not previously rely on external support are now in need of help. These include people who have lost their jobs, are in short-time working schemes, or whose work has dried up.
People who receive the ALG II unemployment benefit or income support for the elderly have been hit especially hard by the crisis: food prices are rising, free school and nursery meals are no longer provided, masks need to be purchased, and only a limited number of social services are still available during the pandemic.
In order to reach the people who are no longer coming to Tafel food banks because their risk of infection is too great or because projects have been canceled, Tafel has to invest more into its services. Food banks are setting up delivery services to bring food to service users’ doors.
Our volunteers are achieving incredible things. Some of them have temporarily stopped working to protect themselves, while others have signed up to volunteer at Tafel for the first time after spontaneously deciding to get involved.
Thanks to your donations, Tafel Grevenbroich could invest in safety
Thanks to many donations and special rates, Tafel Grevenbroich has been able to put extensive safety measures in place that enable the food bank to keep providing food to around 650 Tafel service users, even during the pandemic. Protective screens and temperature checks ensure the safety of both the volunteers and service users. Air purifiers will soon be installed in the premises to make food distribution even safer. “These measures have definitely contributed to the fact that we haven’t had a single infection reported among our service users or our staff,” reports director Wolfgang Norf. This Tafel food bank also distributes free everyday masks and hand sanitizer to its service users. Normally, there are 100 people working at Tafel Grevenbroich. As some of them belong to at-risk groups, they are staying at home. At the moment, there are 60 members of staff working extra hours to keep the food distribution services going.