Volunteering At The Food Bank In Valletta


The orphanage that I worked at in Madagascar was owned by a Maltese woman so when I came to Malta, I looked her up. I became good friends with her daughter who is part Scottish and is the secretary of the Scottish society, so I have attended many of their events and help them with their food bank. It's a small world, isn't it? Malta is a very close-knit community so everyone looks out for one another and helps wherever they can. I work on a team of volunteers to help collect, organize and distribute food to those in need.

What community need did I learn about?:

The cost of living in Malta is very high and is continuing to rise, but wages are not. This means that sometimes bigger families, refugees, families with high medical bills, workers who receive a minimum wage, etc. are unable to afford their daily needs such as food, hygiene products and rent.

Why does the community have this need?:

Many foreigners are moving to Malta because it is becoming more of a popular tourist destination. Since it is part of the European Union, citizens of the EU can come live and work here easily. In addition, there has been a dramatic increase in refugees from countries like Syria, Eritrea and Libya. This means that there is an increasing population, but a lack of affordable places to live, available jobs and social services.