German food bank slammed for deciding to stop serving foreigners as 'they scare other customers'

David Harding
The food bank is in the German town of Essen (Rex)

A German food bank has been criticised for refusing to serve foreigners because it is claimed they scare away other customers.

The food bank, Tafel Deutschland, in the western city of Essen has said it will only register new users who can prove they have German citizenship.

It claims young foreign men are scaring away elderly people and women.

On its website, Tafel Deutschland, a charitable association, said they had seen an ‘increase in the number of migrants in recent years’.

‘We want German grandmothers to continue coming to us,’ said the head of the association in Essen, Jorg Sartor.

He added that when the charity opens its doors every morning, some of the men queueing up showed ‘a lack of respect for women’ and ‘there was pushing and shoving regardless of grandmas in line’.

The decision to feed only Germans comes as migrants and refugees make up 75 percent of the food bank’s 6,000 users.

Three years ago, 35% of customers were non-Germans, said Sartor.

Refugees march demanding to be reunited with their families already in Germany (Rex)


It will continue to serve non-Germans who have already registered with the charity but not accept new foreign customers.

The move has not been well-received by other groups.

The chairman of Essen’s integration council, Miguel Martin Gonzalez Kliefken, said the decision plays into the hands of far-right groups, some of which have hailed the move.

Germany decided to take in more than one million migrants in 2015, a move which has proved controversial among some.