The heart of Restaurants, created by Coluche, launched Tuesday, November 22, their 32nd winter campaign and are preparing to distribute food to hundreds of thousands of people.
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Since their creation in 1985 on a “small idea” of the comedian Coluche, more than two billion meals were served and the needs do not decline. “this time, one has a lot of entries. We will surely reach the same levels as last year, with nearly 930 000 people received in winter,” explained the president of the association, Patrice White.
The last winter 132.5 million meals had been distributed in the 2 112 centers and antennas of Restaurants. Single mothers, foreigners without resources, students penniless, retired…
“The welcome is unconditional,” insists the president of the association: “we express no judgment on the people who are knocking at our door. We welcome them as they are and are not asked to pay anything“.
To benefit from the food aid throughout the winter, it must, however, justify his / her resources and of his expenditure. In 1985, nearly 70 000 people had been enrolled. A figure that has exploded over the years.
millions of meals in the North and the Pas-de-Calais in 2015
The Nord and Pas-de-Calais region each have 4 associations of the Restaurants of heart. The Departmental Association of Restaurants in the Heart of the lille region boasts of 85 reception centres and food distribution in the agglomeration of Lille and the Douaisis. She prepares with its nearly 2,000 volunteers to help the people most in need.
During the winter of 2015, the foodstuffs distributed by the Association have helped to prepare 2 390 000 meals in this scope. Almost 29 000 needy people have benefited, or about 2.5% of the population.
as a reminder, the first Restaurant in the heart of France was opened in 1985 in Lille with the support of the EDHEC, the city of Lille and the regional Council.