From food to health, The European Commission report says some projects due to the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived

07 marzo 2018

The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) is a European fund aimed at supporting the needy is through the provision of essential goods materials (food coma and Clothes), either through specific support services, as listening services for vulnerable people and inclusion work. With the goal of making move out of poverty 20 million people by 2020, The European Union has invested in FEAD 3,8 billion euro for the period 2014-2020, while the individual Member States are entitled to a co-financing of at least 15%.

A few days ago it was released the report Diverse approaches to supporting Europe’s most deprived – FEAD case studies 2017 European Commission, similarly to what was done in 2016, He tells some case studies carried out through the FEAD. According to reports from the study, In addition 15 million of people, in 2016, They have benefited from projects funded through the FEAD and food aid has been distributed over 900.000 tons. We highlight below the most interesting data.


Food aid

Although the range of initiatives developed through FEAD is very broad, many of them are aimed at countering food poverty, through the provision of food. Among the cases recounted in the relationship, For example,, that of the Czech Republic and the "School lunches for disadvantaged children program", covering the cost of the meal at school for children of poor families (a third of the cost is in fact borne by the State, a third of local authorities, a third of households). Children are identified by the appropriate agencies; Once contacted the parents can decide whether to receive the aid and, in that case, contributions are paid directly by the regional government to School, to avoid phenomena of "stigma". This mode also ensures that the grant is spent to benefit children.

Very often, In addition, the projects carried out with the use FEAD food as a vehicle to engage poor people and involve them in broader projects. For example,, Slovakia in the distribution of food parcels is done by accredited social workers, that in addition to food offer additional services to users for social inclusion - sometimes through simple information booklets, others through individual or group interviews.


Poverty and disease are often related phenomena. Among the poor people in fact the culture of prevention was not common, as well as that of the more general health. For this reason it is born, better Health (Better Health) a program created with the support of some Swedish local NGOs. Volunteers and specialists try to intercept vulnerable women living in the city of Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm, and offer them practical information on personal hygiene, on the care of your health - physical and mental – about pregnancy and contraception. The training takes place in a very practical manner and often with the aid of interpreters, for foreign, or pictures or movies for illiterate women.

The Italian case

This year the report He tells two Italian experiences. One is that of programming and coordination meetings in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy held regularly with partner organizations and with those actors who, for various reasons, They are involved in the implementation of projects financed by FEAD – ONG, Local societies, AGEA, etc. The other is to Housing First Network Italy (NHFI), born in 2014 and coordinated by fio.PSD (Italian Federation of Organizations for homeless people). The Housing First approach was born in the early ' 90 in the United States to support homeless people with complex needs (specifically related to substance abuse or mental illness). The premise of this program lies in its name, "housing first", i.e.: the house, First of all,. The House is seen as a starting point rather than as an ultimate goal of a path, reversing the common intervention mechanism to combat homelessness. Among the 2014 and the 2016, says the report, the program made available 90 accommodation for 187 people. In addition, thanks to 35 projects, 556 homeless people have been helped to find a home.