Date: 2012 Funds: ESF Amount of co-financing UE: 30 000 € Languedoc-Roussillon


Themes: The European next door ; Employment and social inclusion
Beneficiary: La Cistella de Marianne

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It's not always easy to eat a healthy diet: tins and non-perishables are often chosen at the expense of fresh produce, which are more difficult to store and redistribute. Fresh fruit and vegetables are however important for nutritional balance and the prevention of many diseases, as shown in epidemiological surveys.

This is why the primary objective of the  La Cistella de Marianne  integration project, created by ANDES (Association Nationale des Epiceries solidaires or National Association of Solidarity Food Stores) is to provide low-cost fruits and vegetables and combat food wastage while promoting the integration of the most disadvantaged in Perpignan's Saint-Charles market.


Provide food aid units with fresh produce and combat food wastage

This integration project is located in the heart of Perpignan's Saint-Charles International market, Europe's largest fruit and vegetable distribution hub (1.3 million metric tons of fruit and vegetables sold every year). People in reintegration are involved in the sorting, order preparation and delivery of fresh produce. These fresh fruits and vegetables are then delivered on a daily basis to food aid associations and networks of the Pyrénées-Orientales department (66) and, in the very near future, of the Aude (11) and Haute-Garonne departments (31), including Restos du Cœur, Emmaüs Catalonia, Secours Populaire, solidarity food stores and several local associations.


Reintegrate people living in precarious conditions as part of an ethical approach

The project's integration rate speaks for itself: 87.5% of those who were part of the project have been reintegrated, 57.4% have found sustainable employment, while the others are being trained or have joined other economic reintegration programmes.

The project shows a real desire for male-female parity in the overwhelmingly masculine logistics and handling sector. This respect for gender diversity is what prompted the ANDES to sign a social diversity contract with the Regional Delegation for Women's Rights for their Perpignan project.

The integration project is also part of a sustainable development approach, as illustrated by the establishment of an exemplary sorting policy: maximum waste sorting and recycling, inedible fruits and vegetables turned into compost, wooden crates sold to local growers who burn them to heat greenhouses in the winter, etc.


Europe's contribution 

This project cost €529,600 with Europe, via the European social fund (ESF), contributing €30,000. In 2013, 21 people were employed by the association and La Cistella de Marianne helped distribute 407 metric tons of fruits and vegetables, approximately 49% of which were unsold goods. The integration project provides 37 French food aid outlets with fresh produce.

Additional information

  • Duration:
  • Total cost: 529 600 €
  • Key numbers
    • 21 people employed in 2013
    • Distribution of 407 metric tons of fruits and vegetables