Christmas Food Collection
23th-25th of November 2018
„With the help of our volunteers, we have collected 284 tons of food, which made Christmas better for 57000 indigents. We’d like to thank all our founders that they thought of all their less fortunate fellow-beings and to our volunteers, partners and the artists of the Central Theatre for all their help.”
Balázs Cseh, Chairman of the Foodbank
Our volunteers were accepting residential food donations at the stores of Aldi, Auchan, METRO and Tesco during the allotted time periods. In ever year, the donations go directly to the local indigents in challenging winter months. The list of all participant stores can be found here.
Who we work for. What does the Christmas Fundraising means? Our collecting team’s report:
“Mom, look, we got food.” – said a barefoot kid, who ran in front of our truck delivering the donations. When I heard this sentence, I had to fight back my tears as I am the one helping here, and it would have been inappropriate.
"I knew, that they will be happy and will be waiting the package this year, again. These families are expecting the cocoa, chocolate, jam and other treats we collect in every December. We arrive to less fortunate kids & families in December just before Christmas"
"Last year, I was at a family with six kids. The mother provides for the children, respectively, her 16-year-old son, who works besides being a full-time student, so he can contribute to the family budget. This food received through the Foodbank, is an incredible help for them."
"The excessive amount of joy and smile that flowed towards me, stayed in my head all year and now that the new Christmas Foodbank initiative is just around the corner, we’d like to encourage everyone, to think for others as well, when doing the shopping, as with their help there could be food on the table of the ones in need."
“Just like them, I won’t forget either those moments, when they quietly, speechlessly unloaded the Christmas donations from our trucks.”
For the ones in need living in a small village, this donation is vital, as many of them can only manage to put food on the table during the holidays from these donations. Also, we could mention families with kids, who has only these couple of pieces of sweets for the kids for Christmas, which we bring them.
“We have just began creating the distribution plan. We’re already at 74 families and 18 from them we can see this will be the biggest present. I think it is unnecessary to write more on this…”
"I was worried a little that there would be less customers in the stores at the end of the month, however, luckily, it wasn’t the case. I became completely exhausted by the Sunday evening, nevertheless the feeling I had compensated. It is a feeling that I think everyone should experience. I must admit, there were moments where I was so moved, that I had to hold back my tears and could literally could hug the donors."
"Our support means a lot for people in need and for us as well. Many of the kids are not even familiar with the type of chocolates and sweets we give them. The received food is a huge help for the parents as well as without this they wouldn’t have food on the table during the holidays."
"Couple of weeks ago (beginning of November!) one of the families sold their stove, so they could buy food to their children…this is what it means."
"The collected donations mean a lot to the families, since in many households they don’t have food for the whole month, additionally, they don’t have the funds to buy Christmas presents. It feels good for them to receive something."
"For some of the families, a couple of kilos of non-perishable food are the means of sustenance. I personally know many families, who are recipients of the donations, which made them extremely happy. They unwrapped the boxes like it had treasures in them."
"It means a lot. There have been many feedbacks, saying that these families had basically nothing left to eat at home anymore and that they are extremely grateful that we thought about them. This brought everyone together, I know that for a fact that some of the donors themselves have not much to give but helped anyway. Thanks to this, a new initiative started, which involves donation of clothes and Christmas trees – again supported by people who don’t necessarily have much to give but give nevertheless. This message of this weekend made lot of people realize that giving is good. Lot of the people said that they’d be happy to support us in the future too."
"From the basic items, the Christmas lunch or dinner is made. The chocolates and sweets are more anticipated by the elders and the kids very much. There are pensioners who use these sweets as a gift to their grandchildren, for whom these are extremely special gifts. People are tremendously grateful for the help, and for us it is always a touching moment to see a moved grandmother, a kid jumping around from joy or a speechless mother looking at the donations…"
- You can check the results of the 2018 November 23-24-25 donation here
- You can check the results of the 2017 November 24-25-26 donation here
- You can check the results of the 2016 November 25-26-27 donation here
- You can check the results of the 2015 November 27-28-29 donation here
- You can check the results of the 2014 November 28-29 donation here