Nope, no forms. Actually you join the association and pay 10€ a year for the privilege. But, for example, our president promised to pay for protective footwear for new members, which would actually cost more than your membership.
The BA is a really good cause -- they act as a 'wholesaler' distributing free food from various sources (supermarket surplus, European food mountains ...) to other charities like the Red Cross and local associations who look after the poor and needy. It's completely non-sectarian and non-political
I'm a volunteer at our local BA in Vannes, but I mostly look after sorting out their IT (trying to get them into the 20th (yes, 20th) century. If mine is anything to go by the majority of members are over 60, but we have some younger ones, too
The majority of the volunteers do stuff like collecting food from supermarkets (organised in advance -- you're not begging )and distributing it to the 'customers'. However, they also need people with more technical experience of things like food hygiene or warehouse management -- they distribute thousands of tons of food aid each year in France.
The national Web site is:
This is the page about the more specialised volunteers that they need, but they'll be happy to see you even if it's just for being a "driver's mate". It might even give you some experience that could help to get a 'real' job somewhere if that's what you want.
You could also look at the Wikipedia article about food banks:
If you want to know more drop me an email or a PM.
Albert the InfoGipsy
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