The Federal Association of Tables considers it problematic to raise food to farmers' reasonable prices. "Just asking for higher food prices is too easy, which would drive up the number of customers at the tables," said Association Chairman Jochen Brühl of the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung . Although the concerns of farmers and parts of the policy is understandable. But: "Even people who have little need to be able to eat healthily."
The number of those who provide food for the 940 plates has risen by 10 percent compared to last year and stands at 1.65 million. The demand from older people is particularly high, said Brühl. "The number of table-age retirees has increased by 20 percent to 430,000 within a year."
It takes a lot of energy to hide poverty. Often, older people would not have that power "and then come to us". Many panels would also have special offers for older people started, such as seniors afternoons. "This may lower the inhibition threshold" and is also a contribution against aging loneliness.
Politics must help
Brühl therefore demanded political support. "Up to now, our warehouses and refrigerated vehicles are exclusively donated and we are reaching capacity limits." To do even more, it would be necessary to increase it. "But nobody wants to give us the money, instead we are being fed off the shoulders of the politicians, which is not enough," he said.
He does not assume that the currently discussed basic pension will fundamentally solve problems. "Grundrente sounds as if it will abolish old-age poverty in Germany." That's nonsense, of course. " An effective fight against old-age poverty begins in the working life or even earlier. "There are also 500,000 children and adolescents among our customers, so their number exceeds the number of retirees who use our services."
Brühl complained that society ousted the conditions under which many people lived. "I do not believe that people in this country are starving." But especially older people reported that they did not hire the heating during the winter out of concern that they would not be able to pay the heating bill in the spring.
The non-profit panels collect food donations from traders and manufacturers and regularly distribute them to more than 1.6 million people in need nationwide.