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.

Speakers, moderators & facilitators

We want to thank everyone who joined us, in Berlin and online!

Discover the full program and watch the recording


Moderators & Facilitators

Bálazs Cseh 

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. 

Fabio Fraticelli

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.

Vivienne Lawlor

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


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.