Red Cross Butteks

Grocery stores against poverty

Although Luxembourg is known as a rich country, its residents include people affected by poverty. And the number of households in precarious situations is constantly increasing. The Red Cross “Butteks” provide people affected by poverty with food and everyday products for a financial contribution of about one third of market prices.

Solidarity for the most disadvantaged

The objectives of social grocery stores are:

  • The fight against the poverty of people in difficulty,
  • Strengthening solidarity and social ties,
  • Promoting balanced diets,
  • The fight against food waste .

This initiative allows disadvantaged people to increase their purchasing power while having access to fresh, quality products at lower costs. The fact that beneficiaries make a financial contribution follows the logic of respect for human dignity and of empowerment that is dear to the Red Cross. Red Cross Butteks are much more than just shops: they are unique spaces to meet and talk, to share information, and for health education. Trained employees, with support from dedicated volunteers, provide quality attention in specific spaces set aside for this purpose.

Social grocery stores throughout the country

Social grocery stores first appeared in France at the end of the 1980s and are one of the means used to provide temporary food aid to people in difficult financial situations, or who are socially excluded or especially vulnerable.

In Luxembourg, the Buttek network was founded in 2009. In response to growing needs, it has expanded to cover the whole country. The Red Cross currently has eight social grocery stores: Differdange, Echternach, Mersch, Grevenmacher, Clervaux, Steinfort, Remich, and Wiltz – while Caritas has four: Esch/Alzette, Diekirch, Redange, and Luxembourg City. Various suppliers offer their goods free of charge or at a very low price to the Spëndchen the non profit supply centre .

Who can be given access to our social grocery stores?

Access to the social grocery stores is granted by means of a personal access card issued following a request made to a social service. Entry is reserved for individuals and families residing in Luxembourg, for whom the share of the household budget allocated to food and basic necessities is insufficient, and is determined according to socio-economic and family criteria.

This project is carried out with the support of the Pax Christi Foundation under the aegis of the Fondation de Luxembourg.

“The European Fund for Aid to the Poorest (EAF) promotes greater social cohesion and helps to reduce poverty.

The EAFD contributes to achieving, in line with the Europe 2020 strategy, the target of reducing the number of people at risk of poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million, while complementing the other Structural Funds.

The EAFD provides support to families in financial distress through food aid and basic material goods. In this way, families will have additional flexibilities enabling them to better meet important recurrent costs such as rent or to build up small savings.

Luxembourg benefits from 3,944,660 € from the European Union to which are added 696,119 € of national credits for the period 2014-2020 and has chosen to devote these credits to the purchase of food as well as basic material goods such as soap, shampoo, ….

Food aid and basic material aid consist of meeting people’s vital needs. They are often the first steps towards social inclusion, accompanying people towards integration and autonomy.

Food aid and basic material aid consist of meeting people’s vital needs. They are often the first steps towards social inclusion, helping people move towards integration and autonomy.

Contact us

Croix-Rouge Buttek Echternach

9, rue André Duchscher
L-6434 Echternach

2755-5040

2755-5041

Monday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Closing days :
Tuesdays, weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Wiltz

2, am Pëtz
L-9579 Wiltz

2755-5060

2755-5061

Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 5:00 pm
Wednesday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1:30 to 7:00 pm

Closing days :
Mondays, weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Steinfort

6, rue de Luxembourg
L-8440 Steinfort

2755-5090

2755-5091

Monday, Tuesday from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Thursday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Closing days :
Weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Remich

6, rue Foascht
L-5534 Remich

2755-5113

2755-5111

Monday from 1:30 to 5:00 pm
Tuesday from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 1:30 to 5:00 pm
Thursday from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Closing days :
Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Mersch

35, rue de la Gare
L-7535 Mersch

2755-5050

2755-5051

Monday from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 1:30 to 5:30 pm
Thursday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 1:30 to 7:00 pm
Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 1:30 to 5:30 pm

Closing days :
Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Grevenmacher

13, route de Thionville
L-6791 Grevenmacher

2755-5080

2755-5081

Monday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuesday from 9:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Closing days :
Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Differdange

19, Grand-Rue
L-4575 Differdange

2755-5030

2755-5031

Monday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday from 10:00 am to 12:30pm and from 1:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Closing days :
Weekends and public holidays

Croix-Rouge Buttek Clervaux

92, Grand-Rue
L-9711 Clervaux

2755-5070

2755-5071

Monday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m
Tuesday from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m
Thursday from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m
Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Closing days :
Wednesdays, weekends and public holidays

Contact us

Coordination

22, Dernier Sol
L-2543 Luxembourg

2755-5012

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