Freisinger and Erdinger Tafeln at the limit – Freising

Wednesday morning was again release day at the Freezing Food Bank. As always, Manfred Schimerer was there to help. “It was a lot more relaxed, relaxed in quotes, than in previous weeks,” says Freisinger Tafel president. 189 people who fled Ukraine were provided with a food package of 8.5 kg each, and 20 people were also provided. Lately, there’s been more in each of the two days of the issue’s release, and conditions have been chaotic, according to Shimmerer’s report. In recent weeks, more and more people who have fled Ukraine have come to so-called old customers to buy food – the same at Tafel in Erding.

Schimmerer reports that there were 400 good people picking her up at Freising each week. The number doubled: about 220 Ukrainians were added to the existing customers. Long queues formed, and helpers also reached their limits. “We had to think of something that wouldn’t have happened like this,” Schimmerer says. It could have imposed a freeze on admission – but the club didn’t want that. That is why they came up with the idea of ​​a two-week course: so-called old clients are taken care of on both days of the week and Ukrainian refugees the other day. A total of 330 ID cards have already been distributed to them, but Schmerer says there will certainly be more in the near future.

“At some point it can no longer be tolerated.”

He also expects the number of old customers to increase and inflation and higher food prices to affect. “Beyond a certain limit we can’t do it anymore. At some point it can no longer be tolerated.” In fact, you want to help quickly and in a non-bureaucratic way, but at some point the capabilities are exhausted. Also these are helpers. He states that there are currently 60 incredibly committed, active people. Most of them are of retirement age.

However, food is still very generously donated, and the association has recently received donations. “We can use it very well,” Schimmerer says. Additional groceries must be purchased now. The situation is currently “reasonably under control”. However, if the number of visitors continues to rise sharply, he already has some ideas about how people can continue to be cared for. In this way, food can be distributed across support groups for Ukraine. Or – as in other areas – vouchers can be issued to refugees.

Volatility among refugees is high

As of Wednesday, 1,715 people have fled Ukraine since the start of the war and are registered in the Central Registry of Foreigners in Freising County — including 755 children and young people under the age of 18, Eva Zimmerhoff, a press spokeswoman for Freising, reports. District office. She says the turnover is high. There are certainly more people from Ukraine who have not yet reached the region. “But there are always refugees who move to other areas or go home.”

According to the Erding District Office, 1,019 Ukrainian refugees (as of May 11) are currently housed in Erding District, including 424 children and youth under the age of 18. In Tafel Erding, the situation in Freising is similar: “The number of people taking us has almost doubled,” says Tafel President and Vice Mayor Petra Bauernfeind. Before the Ukraine crisis, there were 140 people who showed up to the weekly pick-up day, and now there are more than 280. This means not only a much larger workload and longer working hours for nearly 70 active helpers, but also a longer distribution time. However, donated food will still suffice for now, and food banks can also use the donations to buy something extra.

The Erdinger Tafel has changed its organization

In order to direct the attack, the Tafel Erding changed its organization. So now there are two queues, one with old customers and one for new arrivals from Ukraine. There, people who fled Ukraine are accepted and registered first with the help of interpreters. Some refugees have passports written only in Cyrillic, while others do not speak English – so translation is necessary. But now there are longer wait times and the whole day is getting longer. “We can still deal with the current number,” Bauernfind says. If it does not rise sharply, but stagnates, then you can take care of everyone. The Tafel boss at least expects some Ukrainians to find work or – as it happened recently – to return home. “We’ll leave that a little bit open, you’ll see,” she says. But the willingness to help is great.

People who have fled Ukraine currently receive benefits under the Asylum Seekers Benefits Act. From June onwards, assistance will be provided in accordance with the Social Security Act, then the Job Center will be responsible. If the requirements are met, the persons concerned are entitled to living benefits including health insurance. In addition, accommodation and heating costs can be covered. They also have access to all funding and qualification offers, such as language courses, integration courses and additional training opportunities. To do this, refugees need a fake certificate, a type of temporary residence permit, which is a mandatory requirement in order to receive money from the job centre. In order to facilitate the application of refugees, the Employment Center is organizing information events in various municipalities in the region, which will take place until May 25. Exact dates and locations can be found at www.jobcenter-freising.de under “Ukraine”. In Erding County, application documents are issued on request by e-mail or in paper form at the duty station – or at the county office in Erding, the Asylum or Aliens Departments. (contact the ARUSO Job Center Erding, Otto-Hahn-Straße 21, 85435 Erding, tel: 08122/95907 77, email: jobcenter-erding@jobcenter-ge.de). If necessary, information events on how to fill out the application form are held at the duty station: Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 4 pm. Pre-registration is necessary.

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