12 October 2022
Pre-event Tafel Deutschland e.V.
(Open only to Tafel Deutschland invitees)
13-14 October 2022
FEBA Annual Convention 2022
The FEBA Annual Convention 2022 “Europe in crisis, Food Banks in action” was organised by the European Food Banks Federation in collaboration with Tafel Deutschland e.V. and took place on 13-14 October 2022 in Berlin.
The effects of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the war in Ukraine have placed the global economy under tremendous strain. This three-fold crisis provoking crippling supply chains, skyrocketing inflation rates, and spiralling costs of living leads to food donation becoming a game changer and food security being increasingly fragile. In this difficult period FEBA Members continue to work facing the challenge not just to prevent good surplus food from becoming food waste but also to ensure its safe delivery and redistribution to charities helping people in need. During the 2 days of the Annual Convention, FEBA together with its members as well as external partners and stakeholders shared, discussed, and exchanged best practices to alleviate the repercussions of the crisis and become more resilient to future shocks.
The FEBA Annual Convention was preceded by a pre-event on 12 October organised by Tafel Deutschland e.V. only for their invitees.
We want to thank everyone who joined us, in Berlin and online!
Discover the full program and watch the recording
External Relations Director, General Mills
Friederike has been working on the interface of politics and communications for more than 10 years. Prior to working on Global Citizens’ advocacy and campaigns – combining pop and policy to end extreme poverty and hunger by 2030 – she was a member of the Exec Board at a comms agency in Berlin which focused on campaigns for non-profit organisations, the German Federal Government, PR and strategic consulting.
Chairman of Tafel Deutschland e.V.
Jochen Brühl was born on 3.4.1966 in Altena/Westphalia. He studied social work, and did fundraising. Volunteering for the Tafel has been part of Jochen Brühl’s life for over 20 years. In 1999, he co-founded the local food bank in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and was its honorary managing director for 13 years. Since 2005, Jochen Brühl has also been active, first on the advisory board and since 2007 as a member of the board, and since 2013, he has been Chairman of Tafel Deutschland. In addition, Jochen Brühl is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Food Banks, FEBA, and advises food banks and food bank founders in other in other European countries. Brühl lives in Essen and is also a member of the Essener Tafel. In recognition of his many years of social commitment, Jochen Brühl was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2019. In the same year, he published his book “Volle Tonne, leere Teller: Was sich ändern muss. Conversations about poverty, waste, Justice and Necessary Commitment.” Brühl also contributed to other books and publications. Jochen Brühl is also active in the social field in his profession. After many years as a social worker and fundraiser at the Karlshöhe Foundation in Ludwigsburg, he has been in charge of fundraising at the YMCA Germany and the University in Kassel. For his voluntary work as chairman of Tafel Germany, his employer gives him time off and allows flexible working hours.
Founder, KCCF Food Bank
Nadiya Borysenko was born in Kyiv March 28, 1968. Married, have a son and a daughter. She graduated High School with honor, have Master’s Degree in Finance and Economics from the Kyiv National Economic University. She worked for Cargill in Finance on different positions for 13 years, got Cargill CFO Excellence Award in 2004, Cargill Finance Award in 2011. Since spring 2011 she has been working for ADM company starting in Ukraine as a Corporate Finance Controller, she was relocated to the USA in 2016. Favorite book “The little Prince”, cartoon “Beauty and the Beast”, movie “Casablanca” Hobby sewing, knitting, biking, level 3.5 at tennis. In 2011 led the creation and development of Food Banking in Ukraine, founding KCCF ”Food Bank” in her home country. Since 2013 KCCF ”Food Bank” is FEBA member.
Lindsay is passionate about fighting hunger and food waste in the UK. As Chief Executive of FareShare he provides leadership and direction to a network of like-minded organisations across the UK. Since joining FareShare in 2010 Lindsay has led and supported an amazing team that now supports 10,000 charities and community groups across the whole of the UK. Lindsay has 25 years senior management experience in the voluntary sector. This is Lindsay’s second time as a director of FEBA and he is very proud to be supporting you all as Vice President.
General Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare ONLUS
Head of Unit, Farm to Fork, at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
Alexandra Nikolakopoulou is Head of Unit, Farm to Fork, at the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE). She has steered and coordinated work leading to the adoption of the EU’s Farm to Fork Strategy in 2020. Under her leadership, the Unit coordinates the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy and is in charge of some of its main initiatives, such as the general framework for sustainable food systems, the Code of Conduct on sustainable food practices, the monitoring of the strategy and actions related to the reduction of food waste. Throughout her career in DG SANTE, she has been dealing with issues relating to food labelling and general food law, biotechnology, health claims, food supplements and foods for specific groups. Alexandra joined the European Commission as an official in 2003. She previously worked as food law advisor at EuroCommerce. Prior to that, she spent 3 years at the legal Unit of the former Consumer Protection Directorate General of the European Commission. She graduated in law at the University of Athens and completed a DEA in European law at the University of Toulouse.
Managing Director, Food Bank Greece
Nentas Dimitris has been a food banker since 2012. He has studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, but he has been dedicated to supporting people in need. As a teenager he volunteered in small charities, delivering food and in-kind support, to poor families. He is now Managing Director to the Food Bank Greece.
Field Services Director, The Global FoodBanking Network
VP of Business Development, CAF America
President, European Food Banks Federation
Moderators & Facilitators
President, Magyar Élelmiszerbank Egyesület
After graduating from the Budapest University of Economics (in 1994) Balázs Cseh has gained experience in various Hungarian and international management positions in the IT and communication sectors. As a member of the founding team he has participated in the organisation of the Hungarian Food Bank Association where he has been president since 2005. He is also a member of the Board of FEBA. Balázs has participated in various international food waste related research and innovation project (FUSIONS, REFRESH, i-REXFO, etc) and he is also a member of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste.
COO, TechSoup Italy
Fabio Fraticelli is Chief Operating Officer at TechSoup Italy, the first international platform that helps Non-Profit organisations from all over the world to undertake digital transformation paths. In his professional career he focused on digital transformation processes in the Non-Profit sector establishing himself as one of the leading experts on this topic. In 2012 he obtained a Ph.D in Business Economics at the University of Pisa, developing a two-year ethnographic study on digital innovation in collaboration with the National Park Service (USA). Over the years, he focused his research activity on the Non Profit sector and coordinated projects of increasing complexity including FEBA Online Observatory on Food Donation.
Director of Communications, FoodCloud
Vivienne Lawlor is FoodCloud’s Director of Communications. Passionate about sustainability and food, Vivienne has over 15 experience working across communications, events and marketing with Irish brands and businesses including the Irish Food Boards global sustainability initiative Origin Green, Diageo and Smurfit Kappa prior to moving to FoodCloud in 2018.
Bruce Learner worked for Kellogg Europe as Senior CSR Manager for 22 years before retiring at the end of June 2022. His primary role was to co-ordinate and deliver a regional programme of activities focused on helping to tackle food insecurity. Kellogg Europe did this by working with charity partners to set up breakfast programmes and by creating partnerships with Food Banks. The partnerships with Food Banks saw food donations increase and become the norm at Kellogg’s. They also created a regional volunteering programme and delivered numerous commercial activations that would link the sale of Kellogg products to a cash or food donations to their partners. During his time at Kellogg Bruce was able to develop close personal relationships with Food Banks and to visit Food Banks in every country where Kellogg had a partnership.
FEBA visits Berliner Tafel e.V.
Established in 1993, the Berliner Tafel is Germany’s oldest Food Bank. Today Berliner Tafel reaches over 165,000 people every month supplying 660 tonnes of donated food as a supplement to those in need. Volunteers collect surplus goods from large supermarkets and small grocers as well as directly from manufacturers. Berliner Tafel has a sorting and storage facility as well as office space at the Berliner Großmarkt (Wholesale Food Market) situated in Moabit, Berlin. Berliner Tafel operates without public funding and finance the mission through donations.
The three pillars of Berliner Tafel
About the European Food Banks Federation
The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is a European non-profit organisation and works in collaboration with 24 Full Members and 6 Associate Members in 30 European countries. Since 1986, FEBA’s mission has consisted in representing its membership at European and international level; supporting and strengthening Food Banks in Europe by providing training, sharing best practices and knowledge, establishing partnerships; and fostering the creation and development of new Food Banks. FEBA brings together a network of Food Banks which are committed to prevent food waste and to reduce food insecurity.
In 2021, the 341 Food Banks belonging to our membership redistributed 907,280 tonnes of food to 45,810 charitable organisations providing food assistance to 11.8 million most deprived people thanks to the professionalism of 39,781 co-workers (83% volunteers). In addition to surplus food from the food supply chain, FEBA Members also redistribute food from the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and the EU Fruits and Vegetables withdrawal scheme, as well as from individual and corporate food collections.
About Tafel Deutschland e.V.
Tafel Deutschland e.V.’s main mission is saving food and helping people. Their more than 960 non-profit Food Banks and community pantries throughout Germany collect perfectly good surplus food from retailers and manufacturers and regularly redistribute it to more than 2 million people affected by poverty throughout the country. In doing so, they help bridge the gap between food waste on the one hand and poverty on the other. With around 60,000 volunteers involved at the local Tafel branches, the Food Banks are one of the largest socio-ecological movements in Germany. The Tafel are organised under the umbrella organisation Tafel Deutschland e.V.