For more than a year and a half, Pouliquen has been supporting the association Les Restos du Cœur (the restaurants of the heart) with regular donations of alliums. On average, a dozen tons of shallots and Brittany pink onions are delivered to the donation warehouse in Vannes (56) each month. This represents approximately 24,000 units for the beneficiaries. This action is part of Pouliquen’s CSR approach and is intended to last.
Les Restos du Cœur, over 35 years of solidarity
Founded in 1985 by Coluche, a famous French comedian and great humanist, the Restos du Cœur (restaurants of the heart) is an association under the law of 1901, recognized as being of public utility. The aim of this association is “to help and provide voluntary assistance to the destitute, particularly in the area of food, through access to free meals, and by participating in their social and economic integration, as well as in any action against poverty in all its forms”.
The Restos du Cœur in figures:
– 1.2 million people helped, including 850,000 during the winter campaign
– 70,000 volunteers
– 1,923 centers and branches
– 142 million balanced meals* distributed during the last campaign (2020-2021)
– 59,000 babies under 18 months helped last year via the 70 “Restos Bébé du Cœur” centers
“Companies have a social and societal responsibility. When a company is doing well, I think it is its duty to help. This partnership between Pouliquen and Les Restos du Cœur is an opportunity for us to show our solidarity.”
Gérard Quillévéré, CEO of Pouliquen
“40% of the people helped by Les Restos du Cœur were minors
“Today, the most serious food shortages have almost disappeared, but the faces of precariousness are diversifying: last year, 40% of the people helped by Les Restos du Cœur were minors, and 1 in 2 were under 25.
In order to respond to the diversity of needs and of the different groups of people received, the Restos are redoubling their efforts to continue their actions to help people throughout the year. Food aid provides emergency assistance, but above all it is a privileged point of contact for support towards autonomy. The relationship of trust built up during the reception and the commitment of the volunteers to help them enables them to propose avenues for social reintegration: integration workshops and gardens, emergency accommodation beds, lorries and hot meal points, Restos Bébés du Coeur, holiday trips, workshops to support schooling and combat illiteracy, introduction to computers, budgetary advice, access to justice and rights, support in finding work (SRE) and personal microcredit, etc. **
Last week, 30,000 shallot and pink onion fillets were sent to the Restos du Cœur. The Pouliquen company will continue its commitment to this association as long as it can. This action is an integral part of our company’s CSR approach.
* Meal equivalents
** Source: www.restosducoeur.org