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1 percent gross turnover to the Food Bank

1 percent turnover to the Food Bank

This year I want to donate 1 percent of my turnover to charities chosen by me. I am fascinated by PayItForward system and think it is something super! Every now and then someone does something unexpected beautiful for me and I want to give this back. This time I do this by giving 1 percent of my gross turnover to a good cause, namely the Food Bank. In the first quarter, 1 percent goes to the Food Bank.

Food Bank

The Food Bank is really a PayItForward to me. It was a charity far from my bed show until February 2017. By living anti-squat I ended up without a home after six months and a small debt of about 2500 euros. Due to illness it was also quiet around the income.

At the end of February I pick up work again and I found a house in Eindhoven. I don’t like debt and want to get rid of it as soon as possible. So made a deal with the debt collection company. This means that I will be off debt within six months, but have no room for groceries besides fixed costs and debt. As a result, I end up at the Food Bank and I could pick up groceries there once a week.

Pick up groceries at the Food Bank

It is very nice that it is possible. I got more than enough groceries to buy almost nothing. So saved a lot per week. The groceries are super, it consists of everything. Lots of eggs, bread and vegetables. But there is also toothpaste, coffee, tea, butter and sweets in the package. And once in a while you can get extra meat. I never did that, but it was possible.

The walk to the Food Bank

I must say that I was ashamed that I used the Food Bank and hardly told anyone. Every Friday morning at 10am I stood in line with the same people waiting to fill my bags with groceries. More groceries than I would buy per week or buy now per week.

Farewell Food Bank

In October 2017, I was able to say goodbye to the Food Bank by paying off my debt and being rich in assignments again. I was grateful to them, but also happy that I could now get my groceries myself again. I was only dependent on it for six months, but many people longer. So that’s why I transfer 1 percent of my gross turnover from January 1 to March 31, 2020 to the Food Bank. It is a small contribution compared to their other donations, but I also support them in their good work.

Learned from the Food Bank

The walk to the Food Bank was a lesson in humility, gratitude and vulnerability:

  • Humility, because you get so much and don’t have to do anything for it.
  • Gratitude I was able to pay off my debt very quickly.
  • And vulnerability, because no matter how big your buffer is, with some major setbacks and illness you can get through it and then….

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