What is the difference between Polpa, Passata and Kunserva? ‘Only the Maltese know the difference,’ Reverend Kim Hurst, Chairperson for the Foodbank Lifeline Foundation, explains.
‘Polpa are chopped tomatoes. Passata is pureed, very finely chopped tomatoes, a salsa. Kunserva is like a thick paste that is absolutely wonderful on Hobz biz- zejt (Bread with capers, olives, garlic, black pepper, olive oil and of course Kunserva).’
Reverend Hurst had explained during her speech at Lifeline’s press event earlier this week, that it took some time to teach volunteers the difference between the three types of tomato cooking products and thus to sort them differently.
4 years on
Four years on, the food-bank has grown to encompass a number of different spaces across Malta, not only the church room underneath the St Andrews Church in Valletta.
As for 2019, the food-bank has serviced over 6,000 (6443) people in the first 5 months of the year at a total cost of €86,826. Reverend Hurst explained that if the increase in food-bank use continues, they could be supporting around 16,500 people by the end of the year.
The foundation is now looking to ask local Maltese restaurants and bars to support the food-bank to operate. A €1 donation to every cover bill would make a major difference to their work, Reverend Hurst explained.