01 April 2022, by Victoria Séveno
Food banks across various Dutch cities have reported a notable increase in the number of people coming to them for help, NU reports.
Many in the Netherlands struggling to get by
A recent investigation conducted by NU has found that food banks in The Hague, Den Bosch, Groningen, Rotterdam, and Limburg have seen an increase in the number of people registering with them for additional help and support – and the number of registrants at Dutch food banks is only expected to increase over the coming weeks.
This sudden increase can be attributed to a handful of different factors, most notably the high cost of living and rising prices across the Netherlands, as well as the ongoing arrival of refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
Dutch food banks confident they can keep up with demand
This most recent increase comes as food banks are already having to provide for more families following the coronavirus pandemic, as thousands suddenly faced unemployment. In 2019, 151.000 people received support from food banks. This figure rose by over 10.000 in 2020; in Amsterdam, the number of people relying on food banks increased by between 40 and 50 percent in the spring of 2020.
While a spokesperson for the Amsterdam Food Bank told NU that the number of people in the Netherlands relying on food banks was likely to rise further over the coming weeks and months, a representative from The Hague explained that they were more than able to handle the growing numbers: “We will only reach a maximum when we reach 2,200 to 2.300 packages per week. We are currently distributing approximately 1.850 packages per week.”
Want to know how you can help those in need? Check out our guide to food banks in the Netherlands.
600,000 passengers are transported in Rotterdam every day by bus, tram, metro and even by the fast ferry over water. The transport operator in Rotterdam responsible for the network is called ‘RET’. They do an excellent job in the city, where the transport is reliable, widespread and fast.
Where can I find timetables?
Timetables are found at the various transport stops. There are also LED displays on metro and tram stops that tell you when the next one will arrive. You can check the timetables online as well. Timetables for the metro, tram, bus, ferry and night bus (known as the ‘BOB’, a teasing term in Dutch for the designated driver) are available on the RET website. Local and national train timetables are listed on the NS Dutch Railway website.
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Planning a journey
To find out the fastest and/or most convenient option to travel by public transport, there are smart and reliable Dutch websites that offer excellent English language options. If you will be travelling outside Rotterdam, you can use 9292 for your journey to find out which transport options you have to take and what the exact travel times and timetables are. If you will be travelling within Rotterdam, you can use either 9292 or the RET website. Both websites allow you to calculate your journey from your current location or postcode, so you don’t have to know the exact stop. The website also tells you how long it takes to walk to the stops.
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