Fondazione Banco Alimentare recovers excess food and transforms it into a resource for those who need help. A system that improves food safety in Italy. With optimal results for many years.
The strategy that has been created involves and coordinates all the actors, such as the public institutions, the for-profit companies as well as the non-profit sector. For example, the Food Bank has signed agreements with almost 1,000 producers and collects foods in the cafeterias of 130 companies and 180 schools. But it is the volunteers of this non-profit that represent the backbone of this organisation, with their support for tasks that range from packing boxes to driving the van.
Plus, one day a year Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus organises the "Food Collection" day: volunteers collect donations in front of grocery stores in form of food prepared by the local residents.
One of the other activities they carry out every day is called “Siticibo”. This initiative was started in 2003 as a result of an idea from a mother to not waste the excess food at schools. This involves recovering the fresh and already cooked food from cafeterias (companies or schools) that must be consumed within 24 hours, which is then transported using equipped refrigerated vans.
Every year, the food collected by the Bank helps more than 9 thousand charity organisations and reaches almost 2 million people (one third of the poor in Italy, according to ISTAT - the Italian National Statistical Institute). In 2013 “Siticibo” distributed 800 thousand complete meals by collecting cooked food in companies and fruit in schools. Reducing food waste also has a positive impact on the environment because it reducing the cost of disposing of expired or unused food. For the future, the work consists in continuing to convince companies and institutions to support the Food Bank in the fight against malnutrition.