« Together, let’s help humanity feed itself » with « Banques Alimentaires » - A federation of French foodbanks
Cargill’s support to food banks in France underlines our commitment to nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way and improving the communities where we live and work.
Being particularly sensitive to the need for people to have enough food to eat, Cargill invested in a long-term collaboration with the French Federation of Food Banks (FFBA) and local food banks, where our expertise in the food sector could bring added value.
The partnership started in 2010 and was renewed in 2016 for an additional three years. Cargill’s support to FFBA includes financial aid, food donations and employee volunteering, notably through Cargill employees delivering food safety and hygiene training to food bank managers.
Since 2010, the French Federation of Food Banks and local food banks have benefitted from more than 600,000 euros in contributions from Cargill, whether it be financial or in-kind donations, including vegetable oil, chicken nuggets, chocolate and other products processed and packed at our French sites.
Building a new warehouse in Amilly (45)
Rehabilitation of the Food Bank in Mulhouse (68)
Creation of a foster home for homeless people in Brest (29)
Purchase of a cold-storage truck for the Food Bank from Loiret (45)
Acquisition of a new cold room in Brest (22) and in Lille (59)
Purchase of a forklift truck for the Food Bank in Saint Nazaire (44)
Participation in the creation of an innovative and sustainable workshop named “Le Pain Perdu” in Vannes (56).
The workshop’s objective is to fight against bread waste by collecting unsold items and reusing them by processing them into breadcrumbs to incorporate into pet foods. The workshop also contributes to the fight against the exclusion of persons with disabilities.
Inspired by our commitment to improving the communities where we live and work, Cargill assigns particular importance to local initiatives. Each year, a number of Cargill employees from Cargill’s 17 sites in France participate in the two-day annual National Collection campaign organized by FFBA at the end of November, on Friday and Saturday. Employees bring together family, friends and Cargill retirees to help in the effort. At our St Nazaire and Montoir sites, les Jeunes Saupeurs-Pompiers (local associations for young firefighters) mark their participation in the National Collection on their calendars every year, and participate side-by-side with Cargill employees. Last year, our employees’ commitment to the National Collection resulted in the collection of more than 17 tonnes of food, or the equivalent of 34,000 meals.
To acknowledge our efforts, Cargill has been award the “Joint Enterprise” accreditation by the French Federation of Food Banks.