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Food & Drink Panzani offers 40,000 packages of pasta to students in Paris and Marseille

15:15  15 march  2021
15:15  15 march  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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To help students battered by the health crisis, Panzani will donate 40,000 packets of pasta the week of March 15 to various associations working in Île-de-France and Bouches-du-Rhône.

Panzani launched a donation campaign on Monday March 15 and will offer 40,000 packages of pasta for a week to students of Île-de-France and Bouches-du-Rhône . “Student insecurity has particularly affected us, explained Valérie Bauchêne, marketing director of the brand, in the columns of Parisien . Faced with this exceptional situation, it seemed important to us to take part in the various mobilizations. "

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Some ten tonnes of pasta will be delivered to several associations in and around Paris, such as Linkee or Cop'1. Created in 2016, Linkee helps the most disadvantaged by fighting against food waste and, since October 1, 2020, has been distributing food packages to students in precarious situations. Julien Meimon, its president, thus told the Parisian to answer "to a considerable and unexpected demand".

Distribution to campuses

Weighing 5 to 7 kg, the packages are composed of organic fruits and vegetables or from virtuous agriculture, dairy and dry products as well as dishes cooked by volunteers or collected in short circuit with partners. Distribution, confined to the 13th arrondissement of Paris at the start of the operation, has expanded since the 18th century "to meet the need" , explains the association on its website. Since January 2021, Linkee even pushes the door of the university campuses of the Île-de-France region: Bobigny, Cergy, Villetaneuse, Créteil, Cachan, Évry, Saint-Denis…

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Some 25,000 meals are thus offered each week by Linkee to students. The gift of Panzani “contributes to stocking our pantry, rejoices Julien Meimon in Le Parisien. We are going to have stocks of pasta which will serve us for several distributions ”. These tens of thousands of packages should make it possible to cook 200,000 meals.

Le Dauphiné libéré recalls that other actions of this type towards students have already been organized. Intermarché had thus offered ten euros to more than 30,000 students from twenty euros in purchases and Casino had launched a large fundraising campaign among its customers, as well as a 10% reduction for students on its brand products.

Call for mobilization

One year after the start of the Covid-19 epidemic, students are indeed suffering from the health crisis. Many groups have been created to ask for help, particularly economic and psychological. At the University of Rennes-1, a free grocery store opened its doors at the end of November 2020.

“We are not satisfied that we are relying on the charity of one or the other, reacted to the federation of unions Student solidarity on France 3 . We want public investment to get out of precariousness. " Claiming in particular " decent living and study conditions ", she calls on students to mobilize throughout the national territory on Tuesday March 16.

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