The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) will promote social cohesion, reinforce social inclusion and, therefore, ultimately help to achieve the objective of eradicating poverty in the European Union, during the period 2021- 2027.
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Regulation 223/2014 of 11 March 2014 on the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived| OJ L 72/01, 12.3.2014
European Court of Auditors. Special report No 05/2019: FEAD-Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: Valuable support but its contribution to reducing poverty is not yet established | OJ C 126/05, 5.4.2019 Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived: Key Facts and Figures 2014-2020 | brochure Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived in 2020 | COM(2022) 340 final, 19.7.2022
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived People (FEAD) will contribute to achieving the specific objective of alleviating the worst forms of poverty, providing non-financial aid to the most deprived people in the form of food and/or basic material assistance and activities of social inclusion aimed at the social integration of the most disadvantaged people.
The Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) supports EU countries' actions to provide food and/or basic material assistance to the most deprived. This includes food, clothing and other essential items for personal use, e.g. shoes, soap and shampoo. Material assistance needs to go hand in hand with social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to help people out of poverty.
National authorities may also support non-material assistance to the most deprived people, to help them integrate better into society. FEAD support will help people take their first steps out of poverty and social exclusion. FEAD will help the most deprived people by addressing their most basic needs, which is a precondition for them to be able to get a job or follow a training course such as those supported by the European Social Fund (ESF).
The FEAD Community is an open membership network for people providing assistance to the most deprived in Europe. This includes national FEAD Managing Authorities, organisations delivering or interested in FEAD-funded activities, EU level NGOs and EU institutions. The FEAD Community brings together all those who are working to reduce the worst forms of poverty in European countries. It is a space for members to share good practice and encourage new ideas and to discuss how to provide non-financial assistance to the most deprived in Europe.
The Commission approves the national programs for 2021-2027, and the national authorities, on the basis of them, make the decisions that will allow partner organisations, usually non-governmental, to deliver the aid. A similar approach is already used in the Cohesion Funds. EU countries can choose, depending on their situation, the type of aid they want to provide (food, basic material or a combination of both) and how to obtain and distribute it.
Food and other products can be purchased by national authorities and delivered to organizations, or funds can be provided by organizations to purchase them themselves. Partner organizations that purchase the food or produce may distribute it directly or enlist the help of other organizations.
Partner organizations are public bodies or non-governmental organizations selected by national authorities on the basis of objective and transparent criteria established at national level. A summary of the application at the national level can be seen in the FEAD country files.
As humanitarian needs continue to rise globally, the EU maintains its commitment to support those in need by adopting its initial annual humanitarian budget of €1.7 billion for 2023. Human-induced humanitarian crises, resulting from wars with often widespread violations of international humanitarian law, conflicts or outbreaks of violence are the main source of humanitarian needs […]