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Decentralised food distributions: new schedule in the City

The distribution of food and hygiene products to people who have fallen foul of the covid-19 crisis will continue in a decentralised format throughout the summer. The schedule in the City of Geneva has been modified in order to better meet the demands of the beneficiaries. The municipalities of Carouge, Grand-Saconnex (Palexpo), Meyrin, Petit-Lancy, Thônex and Vernier have joined the inter-municipal initiative coordinated by the Canton in partnership with the Partage Foundation, les Colis du Cœur and the local associations.

Distribution alimentaire à la caserne des Vernets

Scheduled to run until mid-September, these decentralised distribution operations are organised with the assistance of around one hundred volunteers, both in the City of Geneva and in the six municipalities concerned. The Colis du cœur website provides all necessary information in six languages, specifying the locations and times of these distribution operations according to the beneficiaries’ postcodes.

Nearly 2378 parcels distributed to families

During the most recent distribution operations on 5 August, 1,042 food parcels (dry products, eggs, fruit and vegetables) and articles for babies (nappies and powdered milk) were offered to the beneficiaries at the Hugo-de-Senger school. Furthermore, 1,336 food parcels and articles for babies were distributed at the Trembley site on 6 August. The distribution took place in the presence of the President of the National Council, Isabelle Moret, and the President of the Council of States, Hans Stöckli, on an official visit.

From 2 May to 6 June, the food distribution operations were centralised at les Vernets ice rink. The operation was coordinated by the City of Geneva at the initiative of the Caravane de Solidarité group, les Colis du cœur, and the Partage Foundation. An exhibition, on show until 16 August at Parc des Bastions, alludes to the 16,127 parcels distributed in les Vernets in both text and images.

Wednesday at Hugo-de-Senger and Thursday at Trembley

For people living in the City of Geneva (whose postcodes fall between 1201 and 1208), the next parcel distribution operations will be held on Wednesday 12 August, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Hugo-de-Senger school, and on Thursday 13 August, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Trembley school. Some 1'100 parcels have been prepared for the Hugo-de-Senger site and 1,320 parcels for the Trembley site.

The distribution operation at the Trembley site will now be held on Thursdays (instead of Wednesdays) in order to improve logistics, provide the beneficiaries with a better service and take advantage of the greatest possible availability of the volunteers.

In the City of Geneva, the parcel service is complemented by a social presence provided by the City’s Social Service, the Hospice Général and the partner associations including EPER (Swiss protestant mutual aid) and APDH (association for the promotion of human rights).

People wishing to work as volunteers preparing and running these distribution operations can register at the following address: @email

Donors can consult the website of the Partage foundation which is now tasked with centralising donations.

Registrations with the Colis du coeur

People wishing to benefit from the Colis du cœur can register at one of the four sites where the food distribution operations are organised:

  • Ecole Hugo-de-Senger: every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Trembley school: every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • 16 rue Blavignac, à Carouge: every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.;

Registration is valid for a period of 4 weeks, and the parcels are collected on site by the beneficiaries.

Please note, there are no more registrations for Palexpo!

Some 14,000 people are currently registered with Colis du cœur compared to 3,500 before the health crisis.



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Article modifié le 10.08.2020 à 16:28