Food aid activities

Photo: Marjaana Malkamäki / Suomen Punainen Risti

Our food aid activities are built around respectful and safe encounters with human values. Our activities are based on volunteering.

The Red Cross distributes food aid in several towns in response to the growing need for aid in Finland. The main suppliers of food are the EU and shops and central kitchens that donate food that would otherwise go to waste.

Our volunteer branches around Finland arrange meal and food bag distribution efficiently and independently in cooperation with local operators, such as shops, schools, central kitchens and lunch restaurants. We also cooperate with other food distributors.

Food aid is being developed

The Red Cross aims to develop its domestic food aid activities to be more participatory and better organised on a national level.

The food distribution events are also accompanied by activities that support overall well-being, such as communal meals, breakfasts and opportunities to get debt and health advice and support with submitting various applications, for example.

Our aim is to further develop the support provided in connection with food aid, also in cooperation with other operators.

If you are looking for food distribution events, you can find the nearest events of several operators at

If you want to volunteer or are looking for information about food distributions in your area, ask for more information about the Red Cross food distributions from your local district office or branch. Welcome!

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