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When I came to Kraków for the first time, I was so enchanted by this city that my friend and I decided to come back and stay for longer. And so it has remained until today. I am living here for over 20 years.

I am professionally involved with the Food Bank in Kraków for over ten years. I have been „infected" with the mission that stands behind all such banks in Poland and Europe, which is to fight against food wastage as well as to help people in need. We are an organisation that combats the paradox of a huge amount of wasted food (almost 5 million tons in Poland) on the one hand and, on the other hand, being aware of the fact that we have almost 2 million citizens in the country living in extreme poverty.

This fight is not easy, because social problems are complicated and multifaceted, and to solve them effectively, there is a need for cooperation between many entities. And this is how the Food Bank works. To save millions of kilograms of food from going to waste, we acquire many wonderful partners – social, business, and self-governmental. On a daily basis, we cooperate with almost 200 charitable organisations that, having a knowledge of the needs of local communities, can support people where it is required. Thanks to this efficient network, we can focus on rescuing and sourcing large batches of food.

It requires well-functioning procedures, committed people and space. For several years we are based in Zabłocie, a place which has changed completely over the last few years. It used to be a „dead" quarter, but today it is a modern part of the city, vibrant with life of its own. We are very much connected to this quarter and, thanks to the revitalisation process and the support the city gives us, we will continue to be a part of it. The Socio-Economic Innovation Cluster Zabłocie 20.22 will remain a place where we will still conduct our mission, spread the idea of less waste, and encourage others to put it into practice.

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