most of The shops are closed due to the Corona-crisis. Only food stores stay open. But unfortunately not all: On Monday, 16. March, announced “Tischlein deck dich” the temporary closure of the 132 food delivery. There, poor people could stock up for a symbolic franc weekly with food.

A sought-after deal: In the year 2019 4543 tonnes of surplus food from the food industry, agriculture and the retail trade to the Swiss, were at the existence minimum distributed.

Many volunteers over 65

set This service temporarily, was for the organization not an easy decision: “We have tried to control the Situation with more stringent hygiene measures,” says Mina Dello Buono (54) of the office of the “Tischlein deck dich” to VIEW.

“That’s not enough, because most of our volunteers are over 65 years of age and, therefore, the risk group belong to.” In addition, the levy bodies is impossible, the necessary safety distance of two meters between the people.

life of 700 Swiss francs per month

A customer, which is dependent on the supply of “Tischlein deck dich”, is Verena B.* (53). The former legal adviser has slipped after a stroke in poverty. You are living on 700 francs a month. After the payment of electricity, telephone costs and other bills, not much left at the end of the month.

“In “Tischlein deck dich” I always got good bread and vegetables. Sometimes a small Treat, which I could not afford normally,” says Verena B. to VIEW. Since the closure of the shops she was forced, at normal retailers to buy what tears a hole in your wallet.

the five-member family of Daniel S.* (53) from Belp uses the offer of “Tischlein deck dich” on a regular basis. Fortunately, he had already created prior to the outbreak of the pandemic a supply of food.

“Now we have to make do with what we have. Probably we were by the offer of “Tischlein deck dich”, a little spoiled,” he says, and tells how his family was delighted when he opened cottage cheese, chewing gum, or iced tea home Gebr. All products not can buy the family in normal shops.

“poor people must not fall through the net”

where can people like Verena B. and Daniel S. now? “Everyone who has a “Tischlein deck dich”card, you can shop with this card in the Caritas markets,” explains Dello Buono. There food are available at reduced rates.

For Verena B. is not an Option. The travel costs from your home to the next Caritas-market were too high and the prices there are comparatively not cheap enough. Daniel S. from soaked for grocery shopping instead of the Caritas market, mostly at discount stores such as Lidl or Aldi.

Leftover food with a short shelf-life has “Tischlein deck dich” to the “Schweizer Tafel” and other charitable institutions. These are needed now more than ever: “poor people must not fall through the net,” she says. “I am pleased that there are so many municipalities, churches and Private, to organize now to help those to whom it goes so well.”

– Private initiatives are sought-after

part of a private action Fabienne Buser (31) and her Partner Alessandro Menna (29) from Zurich. You with your club “Siidefade” for disadvantaged people in Switzerland.

to Ensure you operate various Facebook groups in which poverty can exchange data subjects or report, if you need anything. In the Facebook group “Eating under the tree” can apply for the helper who want to send a package with food.

In the current crisis, the services of the Association are particularly in demand: “In the last few weeks – and especially since the “Tischlein deck dich” has been closed – we have a huge influx of requests. Especially for our emergency assistance, we provide within a short time help.” But in the current Situation, also some helpers are not financially well off. They could not assume the costs for the food shopping of a poverty stricken Person without further notice.

*Name known to the editors


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