A good idea that spread quickly in Germany. In October 1994 the Munich and Neumünsteraner Tafel were founded, and in November 1994 the Hamburger Tafel.
In order to give the rapidly spreading idea a structure, the "Dachverband Deutsche Tafelrunde", the little later in "Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V.." was renamed. In June 2017 the umbrella organization changed its name again to "Tafel Deutschland e.V..".
Companies like REWE, Aldi and Lidl support the food banks in Germany. In this way, the excess food can be re-used sensibly. These include, for example, foods with an expiration date soon, excess productions and also products with minor blemishes.
In the meantime, the tablets are part of the largest social movement of today. They donate food to the needy. This has been copied by other nations: The organization “Feedback” in South Africa, the Wiener Tafel in Austria and the Schweizer Tafeln have taken the example of the Tafel movement in Germany.
The Duisburger Tafel is also a starting point for many people
Risk of confusion between government and private organizations
Because of the growing crowd, it happens that table customers go home without groceries, since all the goods are already sold out. This leads to resentment among the customers, because many believe that the tablets are a state institution. From this, the customers deduce that they definitely need to be supplied with food.
This assumption is wrong because, as a private aid organization, the gifts on the blackboard can be regarded as gifts and are not part of the social benefits of a city, a municipality or a district.
Günter Spikofski often hears sentences like “But you are the blackboard and you have to take care of me.” That annoys him. Not because the customers demand the supply, but because this communication problem is not solved.
“Especially people without a German passport are also suggested by the authorities that the nearest table provides them with food. And if people from other countries don”t speak German well, it”s clear that they think:” Man, the table got to take care of us! ”But we cannot do that at all."
This is also illustrated by a paragraph in the model of the tables in Germany:
Preventing poverty is primarily a government responsibility. Tafel work does not release the state from its duty of general interest. Boards do not work on public orders. However, the tables face the task of society as a whole to alleviate the negative effects of poverty. Tafeln actively use the offers of donors, sponsors and socially relevant supporters.
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