Salvaging food: small efforts which make big differences to the lives of the poorly nourished

A team of volunteers from the Fundación MAPFRE lends its support to the RE-FOOD association in Lisbon

Small efforts which make big differences to the lives of the poorly nourished Small efforts which make big differences to the lives of the poorly nourished

Twenty-one volunteers from the Fundación MAPFRE teamed up with the RE-FOOD movement, salvaging food at three locations in Lisbon and then distributing it to the needy. During 2018 other groups of volunteers gave of their time in different cities in Portugal, maintaining and strengthening the contribution of MAPFRE to this cause, thanks to the team spirit of the volunteers.

RE-FOOD is an independent, ecological, humanitarian and 100% volunteer community movement, which works salvaging food in perfect conditions from restaurants, cafeterias, hotels, etc., to feed the needy. The movement works with a low-cost, high productivity economic model which allows it to carry out its mission.

The volunteers stated that they felt very grateful to have been able to participate in the project and expressed both their desire to repeat the experience and their satisfaction for the work carried out. In the words of Claudia Rocha and Susana Vicente, volunteers from the Human Resources Division of MAPFRE, “It’s easy to think about helping others. And having the opportunity to help isn’t difficult either; it just depends on what we have inside us and the ways of collaborating that we find. In RE-FOOD, with Fundación MAPFRE as our guide, we were able to participate hands-on and be part of the project… That is, they gave us the opportunity to go ahead and do something for someone else. It costs so little, yet the sense of mission accomplished is so great and real!