Award for Social Engagement
At the reception on the 10th Deutsche Tafel Day in Berlin, Günter Scheinkönig, Managing Director of Erdal-Rex from Werner & Mertz, received the Tafel Plate from Jochen Brühl, Chairman of the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V.
"Tafel centers are places to meet" was the motto for this year's Tafel Day. "Very often a Tafel location is the first refuge for people who are in need. Our two thousand-plus food distribution centers throughout Germany are places of encounters, exchanges and integration," said Jochen Brühl, Chairman of the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. In light of the increased numbers of refugees in the previous year, the Tafel sites have turned into important meeting places. Encounters there involve not only people from diverse origins, but also the young and old, poor and rich, men and women.
The Tafel Plate is awarded to companies that support the more than 900 Tafel centers in Germany with donations of food and other goods for everyday needs. With corporate donations the Tafel centers help the underprivileged to maintain a balanced diet and give them some financial freedom and the chance to participate in society. The organization's work is not limited to food. Volunteers also collect and distribute everyday consumer goods like dishwashing and laundry detergents and other cleaning products produced by Werner & Mertz for its FROSCH brand.
"With our donation we want to give socially underprivileged people the chance to clean their homes with sustainable products," said Mr. Scheinkönig about the long-term engagement of Werner & Mertz. This year the company will donate 200 pallets of FROSCH cleaning products to the social services organization. Support is critically needed now when so many refugees are turning to the Tafel centers for assistance. "If more companies support the Tafel, more people can be helped," said the managing director of Erdal-Rex.
Across the country the Tafel centers and their 60,000 volunteers help some 1.5 million needy persons, of whom nearly one-third are children and teens. Germany's Tafel branches are non-profit organizations which are supported in great part by donations.
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