– We need to make changes. It doesn’t make sense to give meals two days a week when there is always less to come. Fattighuset’s chairman Lasse Storvik told Dagbladet on Monday afternoon that it was very sad news.
The announcement he’s talking about is that Fatikuset has made the decision to distribute two to one meals a week.
From next week, deliveries will be made only on Fridays, not Wednesdays. Storvik confirmed this to Dagbladet.
– This is because people coming into the food queue are no longer getting enough food and many have to go home empty-handed. Storvik says we can’t promise something we can’t deliver.
– It will be difficult for them
Recently, several hundred people have gone home without food and had their food tickets transferred to the next delivery day. Storvik believes this pattern is not sustainable in the long term.
That’s why Fatikuset chooses to make it a priority to get food to everyone who shows up to join the food line, even if it’s just one day a week.
Storvik himself stands in line for food at Fatikuset and knows from experience how much twice-weekly delivery is.
– It will be difficult for them. They have to find solutions elsewhere, he says.
Basically, they want to serve dinners, baked goods, vegetables and something good every Wednesday and Friday. Now they only have to cut back to one day a week.
At Easter 2021, during the pandemic, Fattighuset had to adjust its offer. Before that, it was clothing distribution, counseling and community service. But they chose to focus on the food as the crowds turned up.
Now the food supply should also be cut in half.
– Now we have to try to find more food and come up with new solutions. To return to delivery two days a week, we need to find new companies or organizations that can provide us with more food, says Storvik.
Food will be distributed at the poor house this Wednesday and Friday, before being reduced by one day from next week.
High demand from specialty sector
The food center is receiving more food than ever before, but general manager Per Christian Ralm says the need for food is outstripping the record deliveries they are receiving. This worries him a lot.
– Last year we set a record for food served, and this year we are serving 18 percent more food than that. However, the population’s demand has increased so much that we can’t supply enough, Ralm tells Talkblade.
Rålm was recently at an international conference and got the impression that the situation is similar in many European countries at the moment.
– This is not just a Norwegian phenomenon. It is international. Recently, umbrella organizations that act as food banks have come together in Europe, and all countries have been in a similar position, Ralm says.
– Is there a department where you can bring more food to help the food center and those who need your help?
– Yes. We have a clear and distinct idea that the food that goes into the travel transport and petroleum industry can help us a lot. We want to get permission to collect the surplus from food wholesalers who supply the sector, says Ralm.
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