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One million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line. Will you help us hand out food surpluses and by doing so prevent food waste.

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“An eye for food, a heart for people”
Nearly one million people in the Netherlands live below the poverty line. Did you know that this dire situation can be solved simply by giving food surpluses? A solution both good for people and the environment.

Every week our food bank volunteers hand out food to those who need it most. Companies, institutions, governments and individuals offer their support through funds, food, and services.

Will you join us too?

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Am I eligible to receive a food package?

The Foodbank helps people who are temporarily incapable of providing in their own livelihood. Aside from food packages, we have a network of advisors that can assist in other aspects of life. Are you eligible to receive a food package? Find out!

This how we calculate your eligibility

Receiving food bank aid depends on what you are able to spend on food and drink on a monthly basis. Simply put: we add up all your income and deduct the fixed costs (for example rent, and utility services such as gas, water and electricity. The remaining amount for food and clothing is cross-referenced with our standard amount. In case your amount sits below this norm, we’re happy to help you out.

With the simple use of our calculator, you’ll know within a minute if you’re eligible for food aid. Find out here

Example

Are you single and is your remaining amount for food and clothing below €225 a month? Then you are eligible. The €225 is our standard amount for a single person without children.

In this table, you’ll find the standard amount applicable to you. These are monthly amounts. The height of the amount depends on the size of your family.

Are you single?       
Standard amount (in €)
Single, no children      €225
With 1 child                 €315
With 2 children           €405
With 3 children           €495
With 4 children           €585
With 5 children           €675
With 6 children           €765
With 7 children           €855
With 8 children           €945

Do you live together or are you married?           
Standard amount (in €)
Two people                 €315
With 1 child                 €405
With 2 children           €495
With 3 children           €585
With 4 children           €675
With 5 children           €765
With 6 children           €855
With 7 children           €945
With 8 children           €1035

A Foodbank near you

Please visit us at a food bank near you. Together we’ll look at how we can help you.

Criteria Explanation 2019

Interested to see our more comprehensive calculation? Read all about in the Criteria Explanation for 2019.

Support the Foodbank through donating

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For each euro donated, 99 cents directly supports our mission

The food banks in the Netherlands help children and their parents who are temporarily incapable of providing in their own livelihoods. Oftentimes illness, dismissal or divorce are the cause of their financial problems.

‘Did you know that one in twelve kids has to go to school feeling hungry?’*

Help us battle hunger. Support the food bank with your donation. With just €5 you can give a family access to food aid.

Fill out the form above to make a donation through iDEAL. You can also remit your gift to bank account number NL21 RABO 0107 1508 24 (in the name of ‘Vereniging van Nederlandse Voedselbanken’).

Your support is crucial

Throughout the Netherlands, our volunteers show up with passion and dedication for their work in the food banks. Though we are tremendously grateful for the support and care of our sponsors, helping people in the food banks is very expensive. The funds are used for logistics, transportation and gasoline, and storage rent. For as little as €5 you can help a family eat for seven days.

Your donation is solely for the people who need it most. No one in the food bank receives a salary. We only work with volunteers. Support the food bank with your donation.

Would you like to support our cause other than financially? Take a look at the options.

*Data on poverty can be found at the CBS and SCP.

Giving food

Food banks don’t buy food, we gather food surpluses. Food which otherwise would go to waste. Through food donations, we are able to help 5% of poverty-stricken households. Currently, we are only able to help those people who need it the most. Would you like to give food too?

1 million people living in poverty

In the Netherlands, there are close to 1 million people living below the poverty line. Naturally, we would love the help more people, but this requires more food.

Collecting food creatively

Fortunately, lots of supermarkets, companies, institutions and individuals are willing to help us out. Such as the Groente en Fruit Brigade in Poeldijk, who supply us with hundreds of kilos of fresh fruits and vegetables each week! Food banks are allowed to collect surplus produce at nearly every supermarket in their respective municipalities. We also collect food in more creative ways. One example is our apple puree. It’s produced from boycotted Russian apples. A number of food banks also have their own kitchen gardens to grow their own vegetables or they collaborate with city gardens.  

It’s our aim to provide families with a weekly healthy and varied food package tailored to the size of the family.

With your help, we can do so. Do you have an outstanding idea for collecting food? Or perhaps, you and your company would like to participate in giving food? Please reach out to us via voedselverwerving@voedselbankennederland.nl.

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