Spain has about 1.5 million people in a situation of food poverty. And the forecasts warn of an increase due to inflation and the consequences derived from the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. In fact, food banks are seeing donations drop and how, after two years of social emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the extreme situation that some families are experiencing has intensified. “First it was the volcano on the island of La Palma and then a new scenario of social emergency has been created due to the Ukrainian crisis: the shortage of fuel, the transport strike and the 8.4% rise in the CPI has affected us “, relates Pedro Miguel Llorca, president of FESBAL (Spanish Federation of Food Banks), the shocks of recent months.

The increase in the purchase price has been another reason that has collapsed expectations about the recovery from the pandemic. For this reason, and after the success of the “No Child Without a Mustache” campaign in 2019, the La Caixa Foundation has launched the third edition of donations of the “No Home Without Food” campaign. The initial base of the donation has been set at one million euros and with it, a call for solidarity is made to companies and citizens to collaborate through the different means offered by the entity.

From the direction of Social Action at CaixaBank, Raúl Marqueta recalls that in 2020 there was an “explosion of solidarity” and that in 2021 2.3 million euros were raised. In addition, demand is expected to increase by 20% in the coming months from low- and middle-income families who cannot make ends meet, so the team appeals both to those who collaborate with the cause, as well as citizens to “turn all their efforts” into helping those most in need. “We cannot forget that these people live with us, suffer and need our help.”

The Food Bank currently serves 187,000 people, including infants whose milk is “expensive.” In parallel, the reduction in reserves has forced the amount of food distributed to be reduced by more than 10%. The president of the Food Bank, Pedro Miguel Llorca, stresses that there is a poverty that is maintained over time, structural, but then there are fluctuations due to “unforeseen situations” such as the one we are experiencing now.

On the other hand, Llorca has highlighted that “this is the accumulation of three years of crisis” and has thanked the La Caixa Foundation for its willingness to collaborate whenever difficulties have arisen. “When it seemed that all those hard situations that were experienced during the 2008 crisis were about to be overcome, the pandemic arrived and there was a new fall throughout the country.” “The situation has been reversed towards people who have lost their jobs and who do not have enough to pay for electricity.”

Despite this, they say they have noticed that “with Holy Week the tourism sector has had an upturn”, but that “unfortunately there is no immediate effect”, therefore, until trust is established, “you should not trust “and they ask society “to support them” because “these people are like us, we feel what they suffer and what they lack hurts us”, remarked the food distribution coordinator in the San Félix Parish in Madrid, Félix Lopez.

From the NGO, part of the donations have been channeled to the borders of Ukraine to assist families fleeing the country, and more than 6 million euros have even been allocated to help other food banks belonging to Poland and Moldova that They are overwhelmed by the consequences of the war.

As of May 16, you can collaborate with this cause through various channels offered by La Caixa.

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