The Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation said on Thursday that almost half a million people in Serbia live on the edge of absolute poverty, many of them depending on food donations to survive while some two million kilograms of food are discarded every day.
The Foundation statement is part of the Save Food, Save Humanity campaign which has been organized in support of National Day of Giving on October 9.
“In Serbia, seven percent of the population lives on the edge of absolute poverty, that is, almost half a million people. Almost a quarter of the population (23.2%) is at risk of poverty. Many of these Serbian citizens depend on food donations, which are currently insufficient, while an estimated two 2 million kilograms of food are thrown away daily in Serbia,” the statement said.
All financial donations will be used to buy food for the poor through partner organizations, it added.
The campaign „is implemented as part of the Framework for Giving project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)