ESTABLISHED YEAR: 2010
PREFECTURE OF ACTIVITY: PIERIA
PURPOSE OF OPERATION:
Greece is experiencing the economic crisis very badly from 2008 until today, as a result of which a large percentage of the population lives below the poverty line (432€ /month ή 435$ USD /month). In 2013 approximately 2,500,000 people lived below the poverty line. Most single-parent families supported by BENJAMIN have an annual income below €5,000 or $5600 USD
The number of single-parent families facing poverty is increasing. This is why BENJAMIN founded the food and clothing bank in order to help these families in need. The fact that the economic condition in our country is getting worse , has as a result even greater demand for food from families in need of material support. Already, the demand for food is far greater than the first budget available to us. The needs are much greater than we could imagine. This program directly responds to vital needs of our society and we ask for everyone’s valuable help.
TOTAL SUPPORTED GUARDIANS=71
TOTAL SUPPORTED CHILDREN= 111
Ages of beneficiary children= From Babies until 18 years old
AVERAGE MONTHLY FOOD COST PER SUPPORTED FAMILY=40€ ή 50$USD
FREQUENCY OF FOOD DISTRIBUTION / PER SUPPORTED FAMILY= Once a month
TOTAL MONTHLY COST =€2,500 or $3,000 USDD
As part of the food bank, clothes and toys (new or used) are distributed (whenever is available) to the supported children.
FOOD BANK SUPPORTERS : Mostly it is ordinary citizens who will make a small donation to BENJAMIN or buy food and bring it to the food bank. There are companies and associations that also collect food for BENJAMIN. There is also cooperation with local suppliers/traders and food is purchased at low/favorable prices to achieve the goal of supporting the beneficiary children and their guardians.
You can also support our effort to provide the essentials to the 63 guardians and their 97 children
BENJAMINalso has a food collection box to support single-parent families.
If a school, educational institution, company, office, or any club wishes to collect food for BENJAMIN for a certain period of time, they can request the box for this collection by calling their numbers