Boards in Saxony-Anhalt must increasingly overcome logistical obstacles. "Our biggest challenge is racing against the weather," said Saxony-Anhalt state board chair Andreas Steppuhn in Quedlinburg. Cold chains should be respected, preferably before dates and long journeys to master them. High costs have a price, and so does Steppuhn.
To transport a food pallet in the country from A to B, an average cost of around 50 euros has emerged, it was said. Among other things, vans, warehouses, delivery vehicles or other inventory and small offices would have to be funded. Therefore, not only food but also monetary donations are important at the tables.
One recent difficulty: "Food is increasingly being donated directly by large growers, leading to more challenges," Steppuhn said. Donations, often made spontaneously, must be distributed as quickly as possible to the various boards in the country and stored there in accordance with regulations. There are not always enough refrigerators or trucks available at dispensaries, such as refrigerators. In the past, boards were mostly supplied with small discounts, so donations had to be collected and stored in pieces.
In addition to logistical challenges, panel employees today would have to deal with other peculiarities. So, in part, supply in supermarkets, and so in stores, has changed: there is more vegetarian food today, table buyers have yet to be "delicious," Steppuhn said.
Lactose, gluten, or other allergy allergies should also be prepared. Because some table buyers couldn't eat certain foods. Board assistants would worry about incompatibilities if they knew about them, and instead share other foods, Steppuhn said. Employees would also have the opportunity to attend seminars across the country and further educate themselves on topics such as cooking, privacy and security.
There are currently 32 panels across the country holding about 100 dispensaries. About 800 volunteers and an additional 170 employees, most of whom found their way to the tables through funded measures such as the 58plus Employment Outlook or Social Labor Market Participation, ensure that on average about 50,000 customers receive food annually. Last year alone, 3,600 tons of fruits, bread, and other needy food were collected and distributed.