The Kenedi Foundation has partnered with Nestor Furxhi in opening a food bank. The project, which is the fourth of its kind in Albania, began in March 2015 when the group began collecting healthy, non-perishable food for distribution. Food is being collected in supermarkets and stored at the Evangelical Church of Korce/Kisha Ungjillore e Korces.
Almost half a million Albanians live below the national poverty line. Many have less than one euro a day for personal expenses. In the Korce area, many people live in poverty. The food bank is designed to help the extremely poor and people in emergency situations.
An additional goal of the project is to provide education in high schools about nutrition and ways to avoid food waste.
Motivated by Jesus
Furxhi was inspired to begin the project by the desire to act on the needs that he sees. “My personal example is Jesus who said in Matthew 25:34, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,’” says Furxhi.
Local and international involvement
“Food Bank Albania” was started in November 2013 by a Dutch NGO, Mensenkinderen. The organization cooperates with national and independent organizations in Albania and is operated by volunteers.
We need you!
There are a number of ways to get involved:
- Be a volunteer
- Give food
- Help connect us with your network of people
If you are interested in being a part of this project, contact Nestor Furxhi, firstname.lastname@example.org or 069 366 1481.