Between surplus and shortage On assignment – with the Sprinter at the Düsseldorf Tafel

Currently, there are more than 900 Tafel across Germany. The social organization, that collects surplus food from supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants and distributing them to the needy, is also located in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia. Every Week the Düsseldorf Tafel supports over 8,000 people with donated groceries. For many years on assignment – the Mercedes- Benz Sprinter.

It's a paradox: Germany has a surplus of food – and still is also in short supply for many people in this country as well. Every seventh person in Germany is so poor that they have to save food costs. At the same time, every fifth loaf of bread lands in the garbage bin. One social organization is fighting against this imbalance in particular - The Tafel.

By collecting surplus food from supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants and distributing them to the needy, the Tafel create a bridge between surplus and shortage. The success of the Tafel would not be possible without the many volunteers, donors and sponsors.

Sarah Luickhardt from the Daimler communications team was allowed to accompany the volunteers at their tour across Düsseldorf for one day – needless to say, with the Sprinter.

'Save food from being wasted. Help people.'- an idea that has been supported by Daimler since 1998. Thus far, within the scope of the Corporate Sponsoring Program, more than 850 transport vehicles have been handed over to the Tafel in order to ensure the sensitive food logistics of the organization.

We have been involved in a long-standing strong partnership with the Tafel, which is going into its twentieth anniversary next year.

Marko Stelse, Head of Marketing Operations Mercedes-Benz Vans.

It is great that we can already look back on almost 20 years of trusted cooperation with Daimler AG. We are very grateful for this effective support. The refrigeration vehicles of Mercedes-Benz are making an important contribution to ensuring that the groceries can be delivered safely to the Tafel customers in accordance with the legal hygienic requirements. I am very happy about the fact that more than 850 Mercedes-Benz vans are already in use across Germany.

Jochen Brühl, Chairman of the German Association, Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V.

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