The third campaign 'No home without food' begins

Inflation and the conflict in Ukraine make the social emergency chronic: Food Banks foresee a 20% rise in the demand for aid during 2022

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Inflation and the war in Ukraine will cause a 20% rise in the number of people who go to Food Banks for help, according to forecasts for 2022 of the
Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL).

The federation warns that we are facing a
new scenario of social emergency: The rise in prices has overlapped with the pandemic and is making the situation of food poverty that many people in Spain already suffered chronic. The current figure remains close to
1.5 million users registered.

In addition, the new crisis is not only affecting thousands of citizens in a vulnerable situation, but also the Food Banks throughout the country and the social entities in charge of distributing food in the neighborhoods. Because of the rise in prices,
they receive less and less donations and surpluses to stock their grocery stores and have had to reduce the amount of food they distribute by more than 10%.

Chained crises: from the pandemic to inflation and the war in Ukraine

After two years of social emergency derived from Covid-19, in recent months there has been a general increase in prices and a great loss of purchasing power for many families. It is enough to review the latest data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE) to observe an interannual rise in
8.4% in it
Consumer Price Index (CPI) on April. The data continues to set off alarms despite being slightly lower than in March, when a
9.8% after thirteen months of uninterrupted climbing. Along the same lines, according to a report by the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU) published at the beginning of April, 5 out of 6 supermarket products are more expensive than a year ago, and the cost of the shopping basket has risen an
10% compared to 2021. If it continues like this, explains the OCU, in 2022 each household will spend
500 euros more only in basic foods.

Given this context of high inflation, FESBAL warns that many of the new users who will need food aid in the coming months will be
people with work and low and middle income families that no longer make ends meet because of the rise in prices. They also hope to serve many of the Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in Spain due to the war in their country.

A third campaign needed

In order to deal with this emergency situation, the "la Caixa" Foundation and CaixaBank are promoting the third edition of the solidarity campaign 'No Home Without Food'. This initiative raised a total of
€5.5 million between the years 2020 and 2021, marked by a 50% increase in demand for food aid due to the pandemic. Thanks to these donations, 5,986 tons of basic food were obtained, which were distributed among the 54 Food Banks associated with FESBAL, so that they reached the people who needed it most, through almost 9,000 collaborating social entities.

In the Canary Islands, between 2020 and 2021, the campaign raised
€140,363 in favor of the Food Banks of the CCAA.

How can you collaborate?

As of May 16, donations can be made through the
CaixaBank ATM network, the most extensive network in the entire country; through CaixaBank NOW, both on the app and on the web; and through the corporate portal, for those who are not clients of the entity. Another option for collaboration is through Bizum, sending a donation to cause 38014. The total amount of the donations will be distributed among the 54 food banks associated with FESBAL.

Both FESBAL, CaixaBank and the «la Caixa» Foundation call on Spanish companies and society to continue showing solidarity with those who need it most.

All the information about the campaign and the different forms of collaboration can be found on the page

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