Not all people have their daily bread - and yet there is an abundance of food. The Tafel in Germany strive to balance this out. The aim of the Tafel is to distribute food of impeccable quality that can no longer be used in the economic process to people in need.
The Tafel collect surplus food that is still usable according to legal regulations and distribute it to people in need.
- The Tafel may also distribute articles of daily use.
- The focus must be on collecting and distributing food.
- The distribution is free of charge or for a small contribution to costs.
- The determination of need is based on the German Fiscal Code (Abgabenordnung) § 53, taking into account local circumstances, and is determined individually by each food bank.
- Food is distributed in compliance with the Food Hygiene Ordinance (LMHV) and the Infection Protection Act.
The Tafel's work is basically voluntary. It can - if possible and necessary - be supported by differently financed and subsidised staff.
The work of the Tafel is supported by donors and sponsors.
The Tafel work independently of political parties and denominations.
The Tafel help all people who are in need of help.
The name 'Tafel' is legally protected as a registered trademark by the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V..
- The name of the association or project shall always be the prefixed name of the town or city in conjunction with the name 'Tafel' and, if applicable, e.V., e.g. Berliner Tafel e.V..
- Sponsored Tafel associations may use the name of the sponsor as additional information.
- Names that deviate from this require the express consent of the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V.
- The name 'Tafel' must be applied for in writing to the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. and is only awarded to legal entities for specific food bank projects.
- The logo of the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. should be adopted by the local Tafel in form and colour without any alteration.
The work of the Tafel is predominantly local. The Tafel respect territorial protection without competing with each other.
- In the event of disagreements in regional food bank work, e.g. in the case of new food banks or in the case of existing food banks, priority should be given to finding an amicable solution in the interests of the local needy.
- If this is not possible, the responsible regional representatives should be consulted.
- The Tafel associations exchange information and experiences regionally and nationally.
- The food banks help each other with the aim of effectively supporting local food bank work.
The Tafel principles of the Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. are guidelines for the work of the Tafel in Germany.
The Tafel declares its acceptance of and compliance with the Tafel Principles by signing them.
The Bundesverband Deutsche Tafel e.V. shall ensure compliance with the Tafel principles. In the event of non-compliance with the Tafel Principles, the Federal Association, in consultation with the responsible state representative, shall apply for a procedure to withdraw the name 'Tafel' and, if necessary, a procedure for expulsion from the Association Deutsche Tafel e.V.