The ninth National Food Collection is held around the Czech Republic on Saturday, November 20.
Hundreds of shops, including stores owned by major chains, take part in the event in which people can donate non-perishable foodstuffs that will then be redistributed to those in need.
“We are missing everything. Because of the coronavirus crisis, people who need help are getting worse and worse. Any food will help us,” said Helena Balabánová, Chairwoman of the Food Bank in Ostrava.
The situation is reported to be worst in Prague and the northern regions, where an increasing number of people are asking for help in securing basic food supplies.
The groceries and drug-store goods will be delivered to single mothers, seniors, asylum-seekers, and others in need. The annual wave of solidarity is also highlighted by volunteers who will help put the collection into life.
In most shops goods are being collected by volunteers between 8 am and 6 pm. People can also donate products bought online.
Citizens can donate food from the retail chains Albert, Billa, Globus, Kaufland, Lidl, Makro Cash & Carry, Tesco, and Rossmann.
Rohlik.cz and Tesco Online stores will also join the National Food Collection.
The National Food Collection is organized by BpS – the Business for Society in cooperation with the Czech Federation of Food Banks, NADĚJE, Salvation Army, and the Charity of the Czech Republic.
What can I donate?
Beverages with long durability are preferred. We recommend all kinds of cans (ready-to-eat meals, beans, etc.) rice, oil, pasta, instant soups, legumes, syrups, cereals, marmalades, teas, flour, cookies.
Where can I donate?
Volunteers wearing green aprons will be at the participating stores to accept your donation as you exit the store.
To learn more about Food banks, visit their website.