Photo: Jorky Bidenko, PrahaIN.cz/Shopping basket.
Another round of food collection took place last weekend. It is organized by food banks in all regions and the Czech Federation of Food Banks. Many stores like Albert, COOP, Billa, Globus, Kaufland, Makro and Penny Market participated in the spring collection round. Online stores are also involved. According to the organizers, the fundraiser was a success.
Like last year, we looked at people’s opinions on social networks. Like last year, the debaters split into two irreconcilable camps. Like last year, there were indiscriminate attacks on Ukrainians, although they had nothing to do with the food collection.
“In the spring round of food collection, 438 tons of items were collected, of which 394 tons were food and 44 tons were from drug stores. This is an increase compared to the last spring collection when 325 tons of goods were collected. Although the collection at brick-and-mortar stores has already ended, online till May 3 It is possible to participate and deliver food through our online partners. The amount collected significantly helped to improve the availability of non-perishable food in food banks, which face the growing need for this kind of assistance,” said Vendula Seifertová on behalf of the food bank for PrahaIN.cz.
Stores notified their customers about the collection on social networks. And there were strong criticisms here. It is mainly Ukrainians.
“No, I’m not good enough on my own! Let the government help!” wrote one customer. Another admitted that she pays a lot. “But we don’t have Ukrainians. I want to buy it and take it to an orphanage or some mother. “Unfortunately, our faith is not what it used to be,” he complained. In another post, the writer hopes “it will work for our people.”
“I’d rather give a shelter than the Ukrainians,” said another group member. And many appreciated his words.
Many were worried about where the money would go.
At another point, the customer advised the stores that participated in the collection. “Instead of helping to collect, help to make things cheaper so that every citizen can afford them.”
The collection is aware of extremes
Even Vendula Seifertova confirms that they recorded their discussions, but the collection still shows the solidarity people have.
“Public debate on social media is a mirror of topics that society is currently sensitive to, and conflicting opinions are unfortunately a part of that. But the food drive once again showed the incredible solidarity between people and the effort to help even in difficult times,” Seifertova said.
He also explained how food redistribution works.
“Donated food is brought to food banks, where it is sorted and further distributed to those in need through partner charities. In many places, the food from the collection goes directly to the client’s non-profit organizations, for example, helping the abandoned elderly, single parents, families in crisis or the physically challenged. Specialists in the services, who are in direct contact with those in need, decide whether a given person can receive food assistance,” concludes Vendula Seifertova.
Food collection is one of the largest charity events in the Czech Republic and involves thousands of volunteers, store employees and non-profit organizations across the country.
In this year’s edition too, opinions on it were divided into two camps