Expats in Spain help collect hundreds of thousands of kilos of food for the poor

Published:  9 Dec at 2 PM
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A food campaign organised by food bank Bancosol to assist poor people in Spain has been a huge success, thanks in part to the large number of expats who helped.

The results went way beyond what was expected, with the food bank collecting a total of 703,000 kilos of food – more than 100,000 kilos more than what was initially targeted. The food will now be used to feed families in need.

Collection points were set up at supermarkets along the Costa del Sol, home to a large number of British expats, many of whom either purchased a kilo of food for those in need and/or volunteered to help the campaign in their free time.

The initiative, called La Gran Recogida (The Big Collection), was held on 28 and 29 November and saw an estimated 4,000 volunteers help out at 327 drop-off points located all over the province of Malaga. Among the food and drinks that were donated were vegetables, milk, tinned food and pasta, while formula milk, baby food and nappies were also handed over.

Confederation of Malaga Entrepreneurs vice-president Sergio Cubero noted that such expensive products were very important for families with babies.

Meanwhile, Andalucian Federation of Food Banks chief Javier Pena explained that these kind of campaigns offer some help and support to those who were going through a difficult period due to the problems with the economy.
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