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Les Restos du Cœur are launching their thirty ninth meals distribution marketing campaign on Tuesday in a context of monetary difficulties that are forcing the affiliation to cut back the variety of its beneficiaries. “Between 5% and 10% of people welcomed last winter are refused food aid this year,” stated its president, Patrice Douret.

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“Hunger is progressing” in France, notes the president of Restos du Cœur, Patrice Douret, because the affiliation launches its thirty ninth on Tuesday, November 21.e meals distribution marketing campaign and is compelled to cut back the variety of its beneficiaries because of monetary difficulties.

“Hunger is increasing, more and more people are in difficulty due to inflation,” commented to some media, together with AFP, Patrice Douret, president of the affiliation based by Coluche in 1985.

The worth improve reached 4% in October, in accordance with the most recent knowledge from INSEE, these for vitality (5.2%) and meals (7.8%) stay sturdy.

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Les Restos du Cœur is at present receiving registration requests from potential beneficiaries of meals support for the upcoming marketing campaign. “The trends are not reassuring: between 5% and 10% of people welcomed last winter are refused food aid this year” and “we are observing a significant number of new eligible people,” defined Patrice Douret.

Uncertainty hangs over the quantity of people that shall be welcomed this winter. However, the Restos du Cœur should cut back their quantity as a result of the affiliation is not in a position to deal with the inflow of requests for assist, from a logistical or monetary standpoint.

Patrice Douret, president of the Les Restos du Coeur association, September 5, 2023 in Paris
Patrice Douret, president of the Les Restos du Coeur affiliation, September 5, 2023 in Paris © Ludovic MARIN / AFP/Archives


The affiliation welcomed 1.3 million folks in 2022-2023, in comparison with 1.1 million through the earlier interval. And in latest months, its price range for meals purchases, then redistributed freed from cost to beneficiaries, has doubled because of inflation.

Single moms, retirees, workers in low-paying jobs, college students: the rise in requests considerations all profiles, in all departments. 60% of the households hosted dwell on lower than 550 euros monthly.

For the primary time of their historical past, Restos du Cœur have lowered the revenue degree that qualifies for meals support.

Among those that have failed, “there is a lot of resignation, people know that we are not able to welcome everyone,” stated Patrice Douret. These folks can, nonetheless, profit from the affiliation’s different companies, equivalent to clothes donations or job search help.

More donations?

Despite this measure, the Restaurants launched an attraction in September: it was lacking 35 million euros to finish the monetary yr in steadiness. “Our call was heard, there was an exceptional outpouring of generosity,” underlined the president of the affiliation.

The authorities has granted a further 10 million euros to Restos – which offer 35% of meals support in France. The household of Bernard Arnault, proprietor of the world primary luxurious model LVMH, supplied 10 million euros. The remainder of the quantity got here from donations from companies and people.

Is the survival of this emblematic affiliation now assured? “I don’t know,” responds its president cautiously. “We really need to continue to be supported.”

Volunteers from the Les Restos du Coeur association prepare a food distribution, March 21, 2023 in Paris
Volunteers from the Les Restos du Coeur affiliation put together a meals distribution, March 21, 2023 in Paris © Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP/Archives

He nonetheless wonders concerning the funds of the construction, as a result of 60% of the donations it receives are often made between November and December. “Will the French nonetheless have the ability to give on the finish of the yr? Did the donations acquired in September come from new folks or have been they donations from our standard supporters, who won’t essentially have the ability to repeat their gesture on the finish of the yr? ‘yr?’, asks Patrice Douret.

To overcome this tough milestone, the Restos du Cœur are asking the federal government to place in place a “food emergency plan […] by increasing the budget dedicated to food aid associations to 200 million euros, compared to around 150 today,” signifies a press launch from the affiliation.

With AFP