This Saturday you will arrive at your grocery store and notice a buzz in the air. The store will be full of friendly volunteers handing out paper bags with a list of non-perishable food items and hygienic products that they will ask shoppers to donate to the “partage” cause.
At this point you can choose one of two actions:
- Pretend you don’t have time to stop and understand, or
- Collect items to donate.
Before you decide, let me explain this cause and where the products go.
Samedi du partage is an event organized twice a year in order to mobilize local citizens to help feed Geneva’s less fortunate. This past June, Partage collected a record 133 tons of non-perishable foods and household products. There were over 800 volunteers in 75 supermarkets.
The items collected are transported to the central storage facility of the charity Partage in Carouge and over the course of the year, these products are distributed on a daily basis to over 50 charities in Geneva serving the young, the old, the homeless and families in stressed financial situations.
If you would like to do more than donate food, Samedi du partage is always looking for volunteers to help collect and sort the items. The American International Women’s Club as well as Serve the City volunteer each year; or you can contact Samedi du partage directly here.
The AIWC will be collecting food at the new Migros Gradelle so stop by and say hi. Furthermore, AIWC members can help by joining the Volunteer Team Tuesday, December 6 at the Partage warehouse to help sort items. Contact the Welcome Desk.
We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland. If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at: http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/