During the period from 2013 to 2016, the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation implemented the programme “A Piece of Bread” with the goal of providing poor and vulnerable people with the chance to enjoy a regular hot meal during the winter months in their neighbourhood kindly served by their fellow citizens.
MEALS FOR PEOPLE IN NEED
Since 2010 when the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation began to support charitable kitchens, they have served 2,895,000 portions, providing hot meals to thousands of poor and vulnerable people a week. However, charitable organisations have observed that as the number of poor people has declined, there has been a gradual decline in demand for charitable kitchens and the meals they serve.
Whereas, in 2012, 54 charitable kitchens jointly supported by the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation served 900,000 hot meal portions; in 2015/2016, the number of kitchens fell to 36. During the cold months of 2015, 195,000 hot meal portions were served, helping an average of 2,300 vulnerable people a week.
The dynamics of the changes in the number of charitable kitchens are shown in this INFOGRAPHIC.
Special support was provided to children, pensioners and people with special needs, and further funding was provided for activities which gave their target audience the chance to participate in measures aimed at improving their status.
During the winter months of 2013/2014, with co-financing from the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, 52 charitable organisations throughout Latvia served almost 500,000 hot meals, helping an average of 6,410 poor and vulnerable people every week.
During the winter months of 2014/2015, 40 charitable organisations served 300,000 hot meals, on average providing weekly assistance to 3,890 poor people. In turn, during the winter of 2015/2016, 36 charitable organisations served 195,000 hot meals, helping 2,300 people a week.
SUPPORT FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHARITY KITCHENS
During the operating term of the programme "A Piece of Bread", 26 charity kitchens were established with the Foundation’s help.
SUPPORT FOR COLLABORATION PROJECTS
Efforts to help previous recipients of aid to become responsible for supplying and coordinating their own household’s table have been supported by the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation since 2013. Over several years, they have increased in number.
In 2016, financial support amounting to EUR 34,500 has been provided to 12 projects encouraging joint activity, which involved and benefited 1,200 residents in many places throughout Latvia’s regions.
For more information, please view this INFOGRAPHIC.
Under the auspices of the collaboration activities people were actively involved in improving their social status by growing vegetables, planting berry bushes and fruit trees, preparing crops for winter storage, as well as making handicraft items and other craft products for sale.
This activity of the programme "A Piece of Bread" later transformed into the independent programme "Do it Yourself for Your Family Table": www.saimesgaldam.lv
FESTIVE PACKAGES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Under the auspices of programme, with the Foundation’s support, festive packages are also delivered to Latvia’s senior citizens. From 2013 to 2016, 14,500 such packages have been delivered to senior citizens. The packages contain a greeting prepared by community foundations and products that senior citizens often have difficulty buying themselves.
During the 2013/2014 season, before the seasonal holidays, 3,800 food parcels were presented to almost 2,000 senior citizens in 18 districts, who also had the chance to attend nine festive events. The following year, during the 2014/2015 season, 3,900 pensioners in 23 districts received 5,344 food parcels and attended 16 festive events. In turn, during the 2015/2016 season, 3,000 elderly people in 24 municipalities received 5,125 food parcels and attended 12 festive events.
More details of the results are shown in this INFOGRAPHIC.