Employees, customers and volunteers will be drawing on all their resources and focusing on helping the world's poorest people. Their target will be to beat last year's result – the equivalent of 9.3 million meals donated and then redistributed to local branches of Food Banks.
From Taipei to Brussels – nearly 2000 Carrefour stores are participating in 10 different countries
Carrefour Taiwan's teams will start collecting donations on 16 October – World Food Day; and they'll continue until the end of November. Then on 1 November, Carrefour Romania will launch its campaign. Starting on 24 November, the teams will be joined by Carrefour France. The next day, the campaign will get under way at Carrefour stores in Italy and Argentina, followed by Spain and Poland at the beginning of December, before commencing in Brazil and China. Carrefour Belgium is holding a virtual collection in January 2018.
Nearly 1500 Carrefour employees will participate in the campaign in stores, alongside volunteers from the Food Banks.
This 5th edition is an opportunity to take stock of what we’ve accomplished so far
Since 2013, the Carrefour Foundation and its country aid ambassadors have collected donations amounting to the equivalent of nearly 38 million meals in more than 10,000 stores thanks to 6200 volunteer Carrefour employees, all wearing the famous orange jackets.
Carrefour has been a partner of the Food Banks every day since 1994. Alongside these collection campaigns, Carrefour, also donates foodstuffs to various associations on a daily basis – fresh produce in particular. In 2016, these donations amounted to the equivalent of 142 million meals given to food aid associations around the world. The initiative is very much in line with Carrefour's campaign to tackle food waste, launched since 2013 – not just in France, but also in Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Taiwan and many other countries.
Logistics support and training programme
The Carrefour Foundation also gives the Food Banks logistics support: it provides vehicles for transporting products – including fresh products – and cold rooms for storing them. In 2016, a €357,070 grant financed the purchase of 13 refrigerated vehicles and a cold storage room. It was also used to develop training programmes about hygiene and food safety for managers, volunteers and the Food Bank’s partner associations. Since 1994, Carrefour has funded the purchase of 300 facilities for the Food Banks throughout the world. These include 157 refrigerated vehicles, 31 cold rooms and refrigerated cabinets, etc.