Finding Food

innovative ways to help the most deprived


Over 90 million tons of food are wasted in the EU each year, of which at least a quarter is edible, while the current EU food programme disperses around 400.000 tons of food a year. There should be a lot more potential to provide food for the most deprived while at the same time avoiding food waste than is being exploited now. Luckily, all over Europe, charities, NGOs, businesses and local authorities are coming up with new and innovative ideas to prevent the waste of food and at the same time increase the supply of food to the poorest Europeans. In what ways can we create conditions and provide means at different political levels for these initiatives to flourish and be exchanged? We invite you to join us to explore some of the great examples of social innovation!


Interpretation EN/FR/DE/EL

14:00 - 15:00 

15:00 - 15:30
Opening remarks - Marije CORNELISSEN, Greens/EFA MEP

15:30 - 16:30
What do food banks need?

Chair - Jean Lambert, Greens/EFA MEP


  • Balázs CSEH, Food bank in Hungary
  • Edouard DE COUNE, President of the Liege food bank
  • Michael McDONAGH, The Dublin Food Bank

16:30 - 17:45 
'Innovative solutions for providing food aid’


  • Marie-Paule Jammet, "Uniterres" Social grocery, Green representative, Région Poitou-Charentes, France
  • Alexander Theodoridis, Boroume, Greece
  • Xenia Papastavrou, Founding Member of Boroume, Greece  

17:45 - 18:15
Using the ESF to fight poverty

Chair - Elisabeth SCHROEDTER, Greens/EFA MEP


  • Manuela Geleng, European Commission, DG Employment, Head of Unit - ESF policy and legislation, financial engineering
  • Andreas Bartels, Arbeiter Wohlfahrt (AWO) Bundesverband e.V.

18:15 - 18:30
Closing remarks

  • Jean-Marie Delmelle, FEBA, European Federation of Food Banks

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