Posted on November 15, 2022, 07:01 am
In France, 56% of students do not have enough to eat, according to a study by the association COP21-Solidarités, conducted on 700 beneficiaries of the structure and published in October. It is to overcome this problem that Delivr’aide exists. This service makes the fight against food insecurity possible by providing students with a free food package and hygiene products delivered directly to their homes.
“The products in the food package consist of unsold items recovered by our partners, underlines Yovann Pigenet, 22 years old, co-president of the Equipage solidarity association, created in 2020, at the origin of the Delivr’aide platform. Our goal is to help young people by limiting food waste. »
Volunteer donors from all walks of life
In concrete terms, all you have to do is go to the new Délivr’aide website or mobile app to request a kit. There, questions are asked to the student to know his income, to know if he is a beneficiary of the scholarship, if he lives with his parents, etc. “Questions are intended to determine how high a priority the student is,” specifies the master’s student in law. Once validated, the request is sent to delivery people who are volunteers from the Equipage solidarity association, the structure on which the platform relies to function.
“Some deliver by scooter, car, even skateboard! Even more surprising, volunteers sometimes deliver the kits by public transport. says Yovann Pigenet. Important point, you don’t have to be a student to become a volunteer delivery driver: “We have people of all ages and from all walks of life, from music teachers to corporate lawyers! »
An initiative born during isolation
Delivr’aide was born on March 1, 2021, in isolation, when the student, then at the preparatory school ENS Cachan at Lycée Turgot, realized the terrible consequences of the pandemic on some students. “With the other volunteers of our youth association, with whom we had been making raiding visits to the homeless for several months, we saw that some students had problems with eating: they were classmates or even our friends. So we thought we had to do something. »
Yovann Pigenet immediately thinks of a digital tool, especially to avoid queues. “To access food aid from certain facilities, there have sometimes been waiting hours, which can be discouraging and not accessible to some students with disabilities or those with isolation syndrome. » Then comes the idea of creating a home delivery system, a bit like Uber Eats or Deliveroo.
Once launched, the platform was an instant success: “Very quickly, the enthusiasm enabled us to mobilize several hundred delivery people in Paris. » Afterwards, Delivr’aide extended to the cities of Montpellier and Lyon. Subsequently, Grenoble, Le Havre and recently, Toulouse, joined the Delivr’aide network. “The next city where we would like to freeze is Strasbourg. »
In 2023, towards a network throughout the territory
For 2023, Yovann Pigenet also cites Lille, Bordeaux, Nantes, before settling on more medium-sized student cities such as Angers. The goal: to reach by 2023 a rate of 1,000 shipments per month. A strong increase in power in relation to 5,000 food kits distributed in just over 18 months, or 12,000 meals across France.
Rapid placement is justified by increased student insecurity. This is proven by the extension of the meal rate to 1 euro in CROUS for all students, as announced by Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education, on November 7. Initially, this system was implemented in August 2020 and was reserved only for scholarship holders. From now, access to this low-cost meal is extended to all students until Christmas 2022.
An initiative welcomed by Yovann Pigenet, although according to him it comes a little late and he regrets that it is not registered in time. “This measure should have been for all students from the beginning, there are students without scholarships who are also in difficulty. We talk about food, it’s the basis. You don’t have to worry about this when you are a student. We should all have the right to pursue our training with dignity. »
A new grant of 500 euros to combat youth insecurity
While Delivr’aide is an initiative aimed at students, there are other schemes aimed at young people who are not in training. Emmanuel Macron announced at the beginning of November the launch of a “Youth Commitment Contract”. The concept is to provide help to people under 26 without training or employment for a few months. This can reach up to 500 euros. In return, the young person who subscribes to this system will have to carry out 15 to 20 hours of training or support per week. The Youth Engagement Contract will enter into force on March 1, 2022.