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Organization: Banco de Alimentos Associação Civil
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

In Brazil, 70 million people are still under the line of poverty. Million of people  could be nourished by taking advantage of the food wasted, without spending additional resources in food production. Malnutrition affects almost 30% of the Brazilian children, having as  consequences  premature death or problems that affects their physical and neurological  development.

Caring for mankind  comes along with preserving life.  The discernment shows that if the natural resources available in the planet are used with criteria and solidarity we could be living in different world , building another story with more peace, less violence, better quality of  life, ethics and moral.

The importance on fighting against waste  is to say NO to:  I don’t care to throw food in  the garbage while thousands of people have no access to food.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

Lack of basic food, lack of education,  lack of  qualification for a big number of people who can not find a job, taking  this population to the grey area of criminality.

The role of the society is extremely important on the creation of  its own reality.  This situation may go on as we accept or take  for granted that Brazil is,  at the same time, one of  the richest countries in the world and one of the worse in economic development (food, health, education, etc.).

As people take conscience of their role in the preservation of mankind, their country, and the planet they live in, things will change slowly. At the end, everything begins and ends at the level of the individual. Our personal choices determine the reality around us.

Democracy should first guaranty the right to live, and to all the basic tools for their development.  Democracy should be participative not just representative.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

The NGO Banco de Alimentos, funded in 1998 has as main mission as a social assistance institution: to fight against the waste of food and minimize the effects of  hunger.  To assist charity organizations granting access to  good quality basic food to a larger number of people and instruct the institutions how to serve well balanced meals are also part of our mission.

The core business is to distribute the food “in nature” (vegetables, fruits, bread, etc.) collected from the donators.  This food represents a surplus of trade, which otherwise would become garbage.

To perform a nutritional education toward the entities assisted by us, to avoid a second possibility of waste.
We teach attractive tasty low cost recipes with the nutrients required for a healthy diet.

Once a month, a two- days seminar is organized where we invite the assisted entities to participate.  A manual containing the guidelines is presented and an attendance certificate is granted at the end of each seminar.

An individual backup is given to the assisted entities, regarding specific needs.

As part of the education process the Food Bank participate in presentations in schools and universities.

Under a special agreement with an university from the nutrition field, trainees have the opportunity to develop scientific research under the coordination of the Food Bank nutritionist and the University Coordinator.

The 655.684 pounds of food distributed in 2004, helped  forty five entities  representing 18.991 people attended.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

To change reality every human being should be engaged  Human beings only make changes when they feel it has a meaning for themselves. People must feel  that solidarity among human beings as well as creation of a  new model of society based on justice and truth  should be the basis  for common Welfare .

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We have a good partnership with the volunteers of the  Center of São Paulo, which in turn are mentioned at the UN.

We have also a good flow of information with Banco Alimentare in Italy.
More recently we started contact  with Red Argentina de Banco de Alimentos.
The NGO representantives also participate in seminars offered by Compania de Las Obras, held this year in Argentina.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

To continue collecting food and distributing to institutions registered at the NGO.
To maintain sustainable growth through new partnerships with the objective of attending regions that we currently do not reach..
To organize Information Campaigns so as to increase the level of knowledge toward the terrible reality of waste.

Postal address of organization


E-mail address of organization

miriam@bancodealimentos.org.br

Website address of organization

www.bancodealimentos.org.br

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Sustainable development

Highest priority country of action (or international)

The NGO Food Bank has as a field of action the city of São Paulo, in the the State of São Paulo, Brazil.

Second priority country of action (or international)

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