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Inflation on the ‘super’ list reduces donations to food banks

Date: June 19, 2024 Time: 14:07:48

The price of food is not only a problem for certain Spanish families to fill the shopping basket. Inflation is depleting the reserves of food banks, which coincide with the increase in the cost of the shopping list, which has been reflected in the reduction of donations and at a time when there is an increase in requests for help that received by these non-profit organizations.

Sources consulted by La Información explain that donations of products from companies, institutions or individuals to food banks are increasingly reduced. But it is not that they have stopped donating, but that they donate less. Whereas before they donated “2 kg of rice, now they donate 1kg”, or instead of sending a box of milk, they donate loose tetrabriks, and even the donation of loose yoghurts and not in packs, comments a volunteer from the Region’s Food Bank of Murcia.

From the Barcelona Food Bank, they clearly blame the rise in prices for the drop in the food delivery quota, since they have come to deliver “more than 20% less” than previous years. In parallel, the increase in demand is a reality. In this sense, the covid has influenced so much that it has been distributed to “24,000 more people than before the pandemic.” Meanwhile, from the Children’s Food Bank of Madrid, they affirm that donations from the Ministry of Agriculture have been reduced “up to 50%”.

“They receive a small amount of what they really eat”, Manuel Mora- president of the Rías Altas Food Bank.

The foods most in demand by these banks are those called basic necessities, but since they have risen so much in price, at the Children’s Food Bank in Madrid they indicate that “milk and oil have been removed” from the baskets they send per family. In addition, these food banks not only receive products, but also certain amounts of money, in detail “from €12 to €100/€200”, says the president of the Rías Altas Food Bank, Manuel Mora.

This bank handles the entry of most foods, through collection by large chains such as Mercadona, Alcampo, Carrefour, or El Corte Inglés. In addition to the collections, the supermarkets themselves donate 10% more, indicates the president of the Rías Altas Food Bank.

From the Food Bank of Barcelona, ​​​​​​they clearly blame the rise in prices for the drop in donations, which has caused the food delivery quota, since it has been reduced by “more than a 20% less” than previous years. The covid has been such an influential variable that it has been distributed to “24,000 more people than before the pandemic.”

New “proper policies”

Given this, the Government has taken measures, such as “reducing VAT on food” but, “they have not been able to stop the rise in prices because large stores and companies do not give up their business margin and do not affect possible reductions in prices final prices”, indicates María Ángeles Ruiz Ezpeleta, a professor at EAE Business School.

In the opinion of this academy, there are measures to try to alleviate the situation and thus reduce the volume of the population at risk of poverty or social exclusion. Among them, the “increase in wages for the active population, social housing, training programs and exclusive aid for this type of population” stands out. Likewise, he believes that “we should be more afraid of an inadequate fiscal and economic policy.” She is in favor of ‘controlling’ corporate profitability. “A policy of controlling the margins of large companies, reviewing the final price applied, could moderate the rise in prices that is not caused by the normal operation of the supply/demand mechanism.”

An average that, however, does not create consensus as has been seen in recent months, in parallel to the announcement by the Government of the creation of an “Observatory for the control of business margins”. From other surroundings it is defended that interventionist measures of this type can discourage entrepreneurship, since it places limits on the profitability that could be obtained in certain businesses.

However, other European countries are also considering implementing specific scrutiny measures in this area. For example, France has defended it this weekend, threatening to penalize those companies that achieve “excessive” profits.

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