Organiser: Roure Foundation.

Collaborating organisation: Ramon Molinas Foundation.

Dates: 01/01/2022 – 31/12/2022.

 

The Economato Solidario, providing food parcels to people and families who are socioeconomically vulnerable

The Ramon Molinas Foundation is collaborating with the Roure Foundation with the aim of providing food parcels to people and families who are socioeconomically vulnerable. The Economato Solidario is built on a social economy model that serves to empower users of the service by incorporating several features that help to preserve and develop personal autonomy.

At the Economato Solidario, users can choose the groceries they need. Food items are displayed on shelves and costed at the value in points assigned to each item depending on its nutritional value and market price. Points are given out weekly depending on each person’s needs and the number of people in their family. Throughout the shopping process, users have the support of staff and volunteers overseeing the project to help them with household management and to make the right choices depending on their diet and personal needs. The Economato Solidario also carries out awareness and educational work with families to promote a balanced and healthy diet.

Throughout 2022, more than 1,200 people in more than 470 families will benefit from the initiative. More than one hundred thousand kilos of food will be distributed, principally the essential items such as milk, meat, fruit, vegetables, legumes, eggs, pasta and preserves, as well as personal hygiene products.

 

An initiative part of a network fighting against food waste

The Economato Solidario is part of the wider fight against food waste. A number of businesses in the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood are taking part in the food security movement by donating surplus food items. The Roure Foundation is part of the Right for Adequate Food in Barcelona, under the umbrella of the Citizen Agreement for an Inclusive Barcelona. The initiative carries out a comprehensive, inclusive, and organised approach to the right to food, promoting personal autonomy and empowerment, and tackling waste, focusing on food use policy.

The Roure Foundation works together with other organisations in the same neighbourhood, as well as public services and the private sector. Those using the Economato Solidario are referred by social services or social workers from organisations collaborating with the foundation. The profile of the users is fairly similar: most are above 65 years old and live in chronic socioeconomic precariousness.

 

The Roure Foundation, social action in Ciutat Vella

The Roure Foundation has been working in the neighbourhoods of Sant Pere, Santa Caterina and La Ribera in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona since 1992. With 30 years of experience, the organisation has an in-depth knowledge of the environment and circumstances of its inhabitants: the precariousness of housing, an aging population and the socioeconomic difficulties faced on a daily basis. Given these circumstances, the objective of the foundation is to help with the basic needs of elderly people and low-income families with immediacy, solidarity, and teamwork.

Aside from the Economato Solidario and its aims outlined above, the Roure Foundation carries out a series of projects and actions. To guarantee food for people with few resources the organisation has created Àpats en Família. While the Economato Solidario offers the essential food items, Àpats en Família provides a daily meal to people who cannot cook, either because they are unable to afford household supplies or because they do not have a home. The Roure Foundation also offers a shower service to these citizens.

The Roure Foundation also runs the Prisba Day Centre, a day care service for elderly people who are socioeconomically vulnerable and do not have a network of support. With the capacity to help 30 people, the centre helps the elderly to recover and maintain their personal and social independence and strengthen their connection to the neighbourhood. To improve the quality of life for older people who are socioeconomically vulnerable, the organisation offers the Help at Home programme which aims to improve wellbeing by means of concrete actions in the home.

Additionally, the organisation runs a charity shop for low-income residents which sells good-quality second-hand clothes at very affordable prices. Lastly, the Roure Foundation provides a laundry service for social organisations, companies, and individuals whose work towards promoting labour and social integration.

 

Links of interest:

Roure Foundation website.