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Thousands will not go hungry

MORE THAN 1,300 families will benefit from the Algarve’s first ever food bank, which will deliver to 22 social institutions in six areas from May 5.

The contract to open a Banco Alimentar Contra a Fome, food bank against hunger, in the region was celebrated last week, by the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks and the pro-division and insertion association of the Algarve.

The headquarters and warehouse will be based in Faro and managed by the former Rector of the University of the Algarve, Adriano Pimpão.

It will be the 12th food bank created in Portugal and will deliver ready-made meals and basic supplies to social institutions. Food will then be distributed to more than 1,300 families, with 410 children for free.

The first phase of the programme will benefit residents living in Faro, Loulé, Albufeira, Silves, Lagoa and Portimão. The next phase will gradually extend to cover the entire Algarve.

The next few months will be dedicated to organising volunteer teams to distribute food and administrative staff to ensure it runs smoothly.

Throughout the country, more than 200,000 people already benefit from the 11 food banks already in operation.

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