Fines and prohibitions eventually dissuade Table Suisse from going to recover unsold food in the pedestrian zone on market days.
“Our mission is to recover food surpluses from large-scale distribution and distribute them free of charge to organizations caring for people who are victims of poverty,” explains Baptiste Marmier. We were in high demand during the Covid crisis and we still are. ” In charge of the Table Suisse Foundation in Neuchâtel and Vaud, he is tired of the inflexibility that his association faces on Wednesday mornings during the market. Their pickup truck goes to Manor around 9 a.m., when the suppliers have passed by and the restocking has taken place. “There is no market gardening stand on the road traveled. But with the pandemic and the extension of the market, agents are more present and we receive fines more often, regrets Baptiste Marmier. I wrote to the police and municipal Pierre-Antoine Hildbrand to try to resolve the situation, without success. ”
Police spokesperson Sébastien Jost declares that “tolerance had been accepted during semi-confinement to deliver meals to vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes” But police regulations prohibit all motorized vehicles from traveling in pedestrian areas on market days between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. And this to give priority to pedestrians and merchants. However, the authorities have recognized the importance of food aid as well as the fight against waste. However, the exceptions seem to be excluded.