Spontaneous reaction by Fire Brigade personnel
In the early morning of 8 December, 'Das Hitradio 100,5', a local German radio station, announced that the organization Aachener Tafel e. V. was asking for food donations. The Aachener Tafel is a charity organization that provides groceries to less fortunate people in the Aachen area.
Mr. André Schumacher from the base Fire Brigade was listening to the radio on his way in to work and heard this announcement and so did his colleague Mr. Christoph Friedrichs. They spontaneous asked their colleagues if they were willing to spend their lunch money on canned food for this good cause. Schumacher says, "All firemen on duty, 18 in total, unanimously agreed and collectively donated they lunch money. We bought 100 cans of vegetables and sausages, 40 cans of fish, 10 kg noodles, 10 kg flour and a variety of snacks."
A representative from 'Das Hitradio', Ms. Karina Fuchs visited the Fire Brigade and collected the consumables that same afternoon so that they could be forwarded to the Aachener Tafel organization.
The concept of this project is that the Aachener Tafel sells donated groceries at its special store to people with a very limited household budget. This means they can buy food for a day, for a symbolic 1 euro. From large supermarkets and restaurants the organization collects food and groceries such as bread, meat and vegetables that no longer can be used for commercial purposes but are still perfectly suitable for consumption.