The «La Caixa» Foundation and CaixaBank collect 72,972 euros for the food banks of the Canary Islands

Aware of the urgency of providing a response to the thousands of people who need it most, the »la Caixa» Foundation has contributed an additional million euros to the initiative, making a total of 1.6 million euros collected that will help 34,700 people

Friday, July 22, 2022, 11:39

The solidarity initiative "No home without food", promoted by the Fundación
»la Caixa» and CaixaBank, closes its third edition with a total of 1.6 million euros raised in favor of food banks. This amount translates into 1,718 tons of staple foods that
54 food banks associated with the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL) will distribute through almost 7,500 collaborating social entities throughout Spain. With these results, a total of
34,700 people are guaranteed basic food during this summer.

In the Canary Islands, more than
1,560 people in a situation of vulnerability they are guaranteed basic food during this summer thanks to the 77,350 kilos of basic food obtained for the archipelago with the 72,972 euros collected.

The objective of the initiative is to help the most vulnerable groups in the new social emergency scenario marked by a triple crisis: the pandemic, inflation and the war in Ukraine. Aware of the urgency of responding to the people who need it most, the
»la Caixa» Foundation has contributed an additional million euros to the initiative, which makes a total of 1.6 million euros collected.

More than 7 million euros for three years of social emergency

To the more than two years of pandemic (2020 and 2021), we must add the events that have occurred in recent months, in which the general increase in prices and the great loss of purchasing power are aggravating the situation of many families. In fact, close to
1.5 million people in Spain they continue in a situation of food poverty due to the rise in the CPI and the increase in the price of the shopping basket.

This scenario is also reflected in the recent
survey of life conditions carried out by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), which places the rate of risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE) at 27.8% in 2021, compared to 27% registered in 2020 in Spain, almost one point higher.

The new one
crisis It is also having a direct impact on the food banks themselves throughout the country and on the entities in charge of distributing food in the neighborhoods. The rise in prices suffered in this 2022 has caused a
reduction of donations and surpluses to supply the provision warehouses, which have been forced to reduce by more than one
10% the amount of food they distribute.

During these last three years of social emergency, the Fundación
»la Caixa» and CaixaBank have carried out solidarity action
"No home without food"in which they have collected a total of
€7.3 million. Thanks to these donations,
7,770 tons of staple foods.

“We must all contribute to building a world with greater equality of opportunities, especially for the most vulnerable people. Our support for the valuable work carried out by food banks is framed within this objective. We want to continue joining forces to guarantee that all families can access basic food", highlighted the General Director of the »la Caixa» Foundation,
Antonio Vila Bertran.

“In the current economic context, the work that the Spanish Federation of Food Banks has been carrying out for years is more important than ever. For this reason, at CaixaBank, we join the initiative and make the largest banking network in Spain available to anyone who wants to contribute", he stated.
Gonzalo GortazarCEO of CaixaBank.

Active donations until August 31

The electronic channels of the solidarity initiative will continue to operate until August 31. People who want to collaborate can send their donation through the CaixaBank ATM network, the most extensive in all of Spain; through CaixaBankNow, both in the app and on the web, and through the portal for those who are not clients of the entity. Another option for collaboration is through Bizum, sending a donation to cause 38014.

In addition, the portal will remain active to be able to collaborate.

Source link