Italy is considered a developed country but the data on poverty they reveal disconcerting truths. According to the 2012 survey, in Italy there are 3 million people living in a state of food poverty and this number is destined to grow. Entire families, young people, the unemployed, separated parents but above all children and the elderly. On the one hand 3 million hungry people and on the other 6 million food waste: it is estimated that about 6 million tons of food surplus produced by the agro-food industry are destined to become waste.
A gruesome and paradoxical scenario, the agro-food supply chain produces waste of edible food for an economic value of 12.3 billion euros. The entire supply chain burns energy and consumes resources for nothing. It is in this panorama that it rises the Food Bank, born in 1989 for "save daily food surpluses recovering those products which for market reasons can no longer be sold ".
What does the Food Bank?
It recovers the food surplus produced by the companies and redistributes it for free to charitable structures. In other words, the Food Bank it feeds 1,700,000 people a day by helping the poor in Italy.
How can you support the Food Bank?
In a more demanding way you can join the voluntary service, or more simply by participating in the Food Collection: the sixteenth appointment is set for Saturday 24 November. For future appointments, just consult the homepage of Bancoalimentare.it. The Food Bank can be supported by donating 5 x thousand, for example, Campania residents could donate their 5 x thousand to Campania Food Bank which supplies food to the 279 Charitable Structures of the Region. Beyond the classic collections of food, the Food Bank also organizes Gala Dinners and events.
Food Bank, benefits
The positive impact is 360 °, the first comes from a humanitarian and social point of view but also an economic, educational and environmental one: the recovery of perfectly edible foods is essential for the environment as it prevents them from becoming waste, allowing a saving in energy resources with a consequent reduction of CO2 emissions. On the other hand, the packaging is recycled.
Data source | 2012 survey “Feed the hungry. Food surpluses as an opportunity " by the Politecnico di Milano and the Foundation for Subsidiarity