Guillaume Bapst

Ashoka Fellow
Paris, France
Fellow Since 2006


A.N.D.E.S apporte depuis près de 15 ans des solutions innovantes pour proposer une alimentation saine et accessible aux personnes en situation de précarité bénéficiaires de l’aide alimentaire. Elle soutient le développement des épiceries solidaires, associations caritatives fonctionnant comme des magasins de libre-service qui proposent à 20% du prix usuel des produits de consommation courante à leurs “clients “.



Après 15 ans d’activité, A.N.D.E.S compte près de 300 épiceries adhérentes à son réseau. 140 000 personnes fréquentent les épiceries solidaires. Il y a 5 chantiers d’insertion, 4 basés sur des marchés de gros et axés sur la revalorisation des fruits et légumes et le retour à l’emploi, le cinquième au sein d’une ferme dans l’Orne. A.N.D.E.S a lancé le programme Uniterres, permettant le rapprochement entre 100 petits producteurs et 30 épiceries solidaires A.N.D.E.S. Uniterres est Lauréat de La France S’engage en juin 2015. Enfin, le réseau des épiceries solidaires a lancé des soupes au rayon frais en grande distribution. A.N.D.E.S a remis 250 personnes à l’emploi jusqu’à aujourd’hui et permet de nourrir mieux 1,6 millions de personnes par an.



A 22 ans Guillaume créé un Poney Club. Il anime une émission de radio locale sur la création d’entreprise. Cadre d’Offices HLM, il est confronté aux difficultés budgétaires des locataires. Il crée alors une épicerie solidaire, puis un réseau national.   

Related TopicsHuman Rights & Equality, Civil rights, Health & Fitness, Nutrition, Development & Prosperity, Hunger


This profile was prepared when Guillaume Bapst was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Guillaume Bapst has designed a new system for delivering food to the poor in France. Through his organization Association Nationale De Dévelopement des Epiceries Solidaires (ANDES) and a network of “solidarity grocers,” Guillaume is addressing the growing problem of hunger and malnutrition in France, as part of a broader objective to re-socialize people living below the poverty line, give them choices as consumers, and help them better manage their daily living. Through efficient central management, tight supply chains, and economies of scale, the grocery stores provide standard quality products to low income families while remaining largely sustainable. Most important, local stores stocked with a variety of groceries offer families choices and enjoyment in purchasing their food, giving consumers a sense of autonomy while encouraging a balanced diet. Central to Guillaume’s idea are affordability (10 to 30 percent of market price) and liberty to choose between products. This allows those in need to maintain their self respect and in some cases, helps them to reverse a dependency on state or charitable assistance. The idea to create paying solidarity grocery shops grew out of Guillaume’s reflection on the nature of “assistance” and in particular, on the observation that “a donation which cannot be reciprocated belittles the recipient especially when there is no possibility to give something in return” (Marcel Mauss, Essai sur le Don). The money saved using this model has to be reinvested into a project designed by both the social worker and the client. These projects include: children’s scholarships; car repairs, to commute to work; or toward reducing debt. This model also helps people to learn how to better manage their monthly incomes.Hunger is obviously the most painful effect of poverty, but because meals also involve sharing and congeniality, traditional meal distribution programs remove the warmth and comfort that shared meals should provide. Beyond being a better source of food, solidarity grocery stores have become a gathering space for a variety of other services for rehabilitation and integration. Special efforts are made to give clients a renewed interest in preparing food and in eating a healthy and balanced diet—nourishment becomes pleasurable and provides the occasion for social interaction. In addition, other activities are organized, from cooking classes to workshops for parents and children that help reinforce family ties. Thus, Guillaume’s idea has social as well as economic benefits and is a powerful platform for re-integration into society.
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