Hevert Helps Food Banks

Through the Hevert-Foundation, its social responsibility and sustainable commitment arm, Hevert-Arzneimittel is donating a package with a total value of around €6,000 to various Tafel food banks in Rhineland-Palatinate and Berlin. The donation also includes around 260 liters of urgently needed hand sanitizer, produced by the company. This move follows a visit to the food banks in Bad Kreuznach and Berlin, in which Sarah and Mathias Hevert, both members of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation, saw first-hand the challenges faced by the food banks and appealed for donations.

From left to right: Head of Logistics Gerd Voigt hands over the Hevert sanitizer to Birkenfeld food bank employees Mr. and Mrs. Bock

None of the 940-plus Tafel food banks in Germany would exist without the work of the volunteers who, in 2019 alone, spent approx. 20.4 million hours distributing donations of food to people in need. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Germany’s food banks are in a precarious situation, as more and more people need them. Therefore, extra help – especially financial – is currently required. Mathias Hevert, Managing Director of Hevert-Arzneimittel and member of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation, became aware of the food banks’ problems in an online call. He and his siblings Sarah and Marcus Hevert promptly decided to help out. “The food banks provide people in need with foodstuffs supplied free of charge by retailers. That way, help reaches those who need it while eliminating red tape. This social commitment is well worth supporting!”, states Mathias Hevert.

Hevert-Arzneimittel donates money, sanitizer, and vitamin D3

Hevert donated €3,000 plus 260 liters of hand sanitizer and 40,000 samples of vitamin D3 to the food banks in Bad Kreuznach, Kirn, Idar-Oberstein, and Birkenfeld, the Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland food bank association, and the Berlin food bank. Large quantities of medical hand sanitizer that Hevert-Arzneimittel produces in line with the WHO’s formulation were delivered to regional public institutions such as homes for the elderly, mobile care services, and health authorities back in March. This support for the Tafel food banks is a further example of how much the Hevert-Foundation helps social institutions and appreciates the work of the volunteers. “We aim to set a good example, and we encourage everyone who can to donate as well. This is also a great time to ask what you can do to help, ideally by contacting your local food bank,” urges Sarah Hevert, Chair of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation.

Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland food bank

From left to right: Sarah Hevert, Chair of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation, Sabine Altmeyer-Baumann, Chair of the Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland Food Bank Association, and Daniela Essler, head of the Bad Kreuznach food bank, in conversation at the distribution point of the Bad Kreuznach food bank.

Sarah Hevert, Chair of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation, Sabine Altmeyer-Baumann, Chair of the Rhineland-Palatinate/Saarland Food Bank Association, and Daniela Essler, head of the Bad Kreuznach food bank, met at the distribution point of the Bad Kreuznach food bank in May, naturally complying with hygiene regulations, to discuss the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. “Many employees and people in need are in the risk groups. That is why most of the 54 food banks in Rhineland-Palatinate decided to close their distribution points in mid-March as a precaution. This was a tough decision for the food banks and a bitter blow for our users,” says Sabine Altmeyer-Baumann. “But as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention. We have been delivering food parcels to non-mobile and predominantly older people in Bad Kreuznach by e-cargo bike since the lockdown started,” added Daniela Essler. “Since mid-May, nearly all distribution points have been reopened, in compliance with strict hygiene measures. We are obviously delighted about this, as it is more important than ever to preserve social cohesion right through this crisis. The food banks will continue to play their part in this,” relates Sabine Altmeyer-Baumann.

Berlin food bank

From left to right: Sabine Werth, founder and Chair of the Berlin food bank, and Mathias Hevert, Managing Director of Hevert-Arzneimittel and member of the Board of the Hevert-Foundation, in discussion at the Berlin food bank’s new storeroom on the Wholesale Market site.

“Emergency supplies are now delivered directly, which means an increased logistics workload. Foodstuffs need to be packed into bags, and drivers need to be coordinated,” said founder and Chair of the Berlin food bank Sabine Werth to Mathias Hevert when they met. “We are working digitally to coordinate the processes involved. However, the requisite infrastructure costs money. Furthermore, there is a lack of expertise in places, and helpers need training. The good news is that we have heard from many young people who are willing to volunteer. Time, money, donations in kind – everything is gratefully received.” Mathias Hevert visited the Berlin food bank’s base at Berlin’s Wholesale Market, and was delighted that the Hevert-Foundation was also able to help. “I have great respect for the work being done by Ms. Werth and the band of volunteers. Obviously, Berlin has many deprived areas where the Berlin food banks helps lots of people to get by, especially in tough times such as these.”

The Hevert-Foundation – working for people and nature

The Hevert-Foundation promotes social responsibility and sustainable commitment. It supports various projects in fields such as education, health, and the environment. Siblings Sarah, Marcus, and Mathias Hevert set it up in 2015 to put the charitable activities of the Nussbaum-based family business Hevert-Arzneimittel on an even more sustainable footing.

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