The Food Bank Foundation provides help for those suffering from hunger, by storing and distributing consumable foods. Volunteer work is primarily focused in the storage and management of food products- making them ready to distribute.
The Food Bank’s main activity consists in applying for consumable foods, which the companies for different reasons don’t commercialize. These products include surplus stock, products with mistakes in the wrapping, products that have been unsuccessful on the market, products that will expire soon or that don’t conform to the technical or quality specifications imposed by the companies. The objective is to generate a large amount of food to be distributed amongst the soup kitchens within the Food Bank’s network.
The work carried out by volunteers takes place in a warehouse. Commercial companies and/or producers donate food products that need to be classified by volunteers. Listening to the “cumbia”-music, volunteers classify the donated products together with employees of the Food Bank and all kinds of local volunteers. Expiration dates need to be checked, products have to be separated, bags and boxes have to be prepared. Most frequent products are tinned vegetables, yogurts, oranges amongst others. There is always work to do, therefore volunteers can work at any time convenient for them, as there are no fixed schedules. It is a great chance to get to know locals without having the perspective of a tourist and the Food Bank appreciates a lot any help in the fight against hunger en Greater Buenos Aires.
San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina.