The European Parliament voted to adopt and confirm an EU funding scheme, which will provide aid to the most deprived persons from 2014-20. The Greens welcomed the outcome on the €3.5 billion scheme. Moreover, the Fund will have a broader scope than in the past. In addition to food distribution, other measures may be financed to help the social inclusion of the poor, such as support for access to decent housing.
José Bové highlighted the following issues about the new legislation :
We managed to improve the Fund by allowing it to finance the collection, transportation, storage and distribution of food donations. Thus, local, perfectly edible food that would have been thrown away and wasted, can be recovered and redistributed. Partnerships with local producers mean that food aid will encourage the development of short food supply chains for better food and greater environmental protection.
Despite our efforts, the social stores are excluded from EU funding. This is a serious error, because the social stores do not only play a role in working against the stigmatization of the poor but also in supporting the local circuits helping for sustainable agriculture, healthier food and creating local agricultural employment. This way it now falls on the national government to make proposals to give financial support to food pantries that they deserve.