German food bank reopens membership to foreigners after sparking debate
A Germany-based food bank has reopened its doors to foreign applicants, reversing its decision last January of barring them to register for free food.
The move came after the food bank, Essener Tafel, was slammed with criticisms from the public and from no less than the Chancellor Angela Merkel, herself, who said that services should not be run “on the basis of such categorizations”.
The January decision to bar non-German applicants was made based on the rising number of foreign applicants — increasing to three-quarters from one-third in three years — who take a share in the food bank.
The food bank, in the western city of Essen, has 120 volunteers and distributes food to nearly 6,000 people.