Our big thanks also go out to the European Commission, in particular the EaSI programme; the General Mills Foundation for their daily partnership and the support to this event; the 24 speakers, moderators and facilitators; the +100 participants of the Working Tables and creativity workshops; the live interpreters who helped broadcast the event in Czech, English and Italian; the graphic facilitator; everyone else who helped behind the scenes to make the event a real success!
FEBA Annual Convention 2021 “For a sustainable future food system”, was organized by the European Food Banks Federation in collaboration with Česka Federace Potravinovych Bank and took place online on 6-7 May 2021.
FEBA Annual Convention 2021 was recognised as a UN Food Systems Independent Dialogue and wanted to offer opportunities for all participants to engage directly in proposing pathways towards sustainable food systems, exploring new ways of working together and encouraging collaborative actions. The outcomes of the FEBA Annual Convention 2021 will be written down in a report and submitted to the United Nations as a contribution to the UN Food Systems Summit.
COVID-19 has placed the global economy under tremendous strain. While throwing many people into food insecurity overnight, this crisis has highlighted the importance of food security in Europe.
Since their first establishment, FEBA members have daily worked facing the challenge not just to prevent food waste but also to ensure its safe delivery and redistribution to charities helping people in need. Adaptation to change is the nature of Food Banks and the creativity and systemic thinking emerged during the 2 days of Annual Convention. All food businesses operators are pieces of a single picture representing the food systems and Food Banks are pivotal and fundamental actors.
10:00 – 10:30 Opening welcome
10:30 – 12:30 High level plenary session
12:30 – 13:15 Concrete actions from Czech Republic
08:30 – 13:30 Creativity workshops and working tables
14:30 – 15:30 Working tables restitutions + Q&A
15:30 – 16:30 International panel
16:45 – 17:10 Closing remarks
Food Systems Summit Dialogues offer a powerful opportunity for people everywhere to have a seat at the table at this milestone UN Food Systems Summit. Dialogues bring together a diversity of stakeholders, including voices that are seldom heard, and provide an important opportunity for participants to debate, collaborate, and take action towards a better future.
The Independent Summit Dialogues, which are organized by individuals, provide people with the opportunity to engage in the Food Systems Summit in a meaningful way.
The Dialogues aim to respect a healthy diversity of viewpoints, encourage shared exploration and reveal promising ways of working together.
The European Food Banks Federation (FEBA) is a European umbrella non-profit organization and works in collaboration with 24 Full Members and 5 Associate Members in European countries.
For 35 years, FEBA mission has consisted in representing its membership at European and international level, supporting and strengthening Food Banks in Europe by providing training, sharing best practice and knowledge, and developing partnerships, and fostering the creation of new Food Banks.
FEBA brings together 335 Food Banks and branches which are committed to fight against food waste and to feed the most deprived. In 2020, our members redistributed 860,000 tons of food to 12.5 million most deprived people through 48,126 charitable organizations thanks to the professionalism of 37,016 co-workers (85% 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 Fruits and Vegetables withdrawal scheme, as well as from individual donations.