This Friday (after 15:00) and Saturday you may 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 a 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. Last year’s November event, collected a record 158 tons of non-perishable foods and household products. There were over 900 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. You can visit their website to see how you can help.
The AIWC will be collecting food at Migros Gradelle in the afternoon so stop by and say hi.
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/