What is the Tafel all about?
The strength of a society is reflected in its weakest members. The reasons for “weakness” are not individual, but rather systematic: in authoritarian systems, oppression and deprivation of rights are often the main reason for disadvantage. Democratic systems strive to be balanced here and yet they cannot avoid disadvantages for less privileged people. As nice as it would be if not only equal opportunities, but more equality were systematically created for life as a whole, that is difficult to achieve.
How does help come about?
Empathy or compassion can counteract social and societal injustice, but real help cannot be improvised. It needs a clear commitment to the task and the same organizational structures that every functioning company needs. The Tafel in Germany are an association that takes care of the disadvantaged. We don't ask why. Instead, we bring together those who can give something and those who need something - collect from some, give from others. We do this according to a strict structural functional principle in which many people are involved. The special thing about these people is that they do this work voluntarily and unpaid - either during their free time alongside their work or after a long working life as an alternative to retirement.
What drives us?
If we had one wish, it would be to no longer be needed. As long as our world has not reached this perfection, we are grateful for every employee and the numerous donors because they help us to help needy people and entire families throughout the week.