Spanish food banks scoop Asturias award

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Spanish food banks scoop Asturias award

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In Oviedo the jury of the Prince of Asturias Award has announced the winner of this year’s Concord Award. It has been given to the Spanish Federation of Food Banks.

The jury considered 34 nominations from 19 different countries for this the last of the eight international awards that are bestowed each year by the Prince of Asturias Foundation.

“The jury has decided to grant the 2012 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord to the Spanish Federation of Food Banks as an exponent of a joint international effort to alleviate some of the most pressing needs of the population, now made worse with the economic situation,” explained jury president Javier Fernández Fernández.

In Spain, around 20 percent of the population live below the rate of relative poverty. The Spanish Food Bank Federation (FESBAL) assists those hardest hit, by collecting excess food and distributing it to agencies and community action groups.

Something like 84 million kilos of food was distributed throughout their 50 banks in 2010 with around 1.1 million people benefiting. The federation works with more than 6,000 partner organisations.