Carrefour inaugurated a refigerated container for Food Banks during the Expo Milano 2015 and made possible even more distribution of food to deprived people.
"Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" is the theme of Expo Milano 2015. During 6 months, the exhibition confronts the proposals of 140 participating countries and invites the public to reflect and seek durable solutions to food insecurity.
On June 30th, Carrefour inaugurated a refrigerated container so that Food Banks can recover and store excess food at Expo Milano 2015, for redistribution to over 200 charity associations within 24 hours.
Selected among 749 projects, the Italian Federation of Food Banks is one of 18 winners of the call for project "Best sustainable development practices", hailed for their food aid action to help the poor and the fight against waste. Presented as best practices in the Pavilion Zero, these actions are intended to be replicated.
Indeed, throughout the six-month-long exhibition, the Food Bank will recover daily from the various national pavilions and restaurants, surplus food products to be kept in a refrigerated storage container for redistribution to charity associations the following day. This container was inaugurated by Carrefour and the Food banks at Expo Milano 2015.
In two months, the Food Bank has already managed to collect more than 4.5 T of foods including bread, pasta, tomato sauce, canned food, fruit, vegetables, meat and prepared meals. These goods are distributed to 250 local partner charities, and provide food aid to over 54 000 people.
In Italy, the Carrefour stores have been working with food banks since 2010 and in 2014, the stores donated the equivalent of one million meals.
Founded in Milan in 1989 and member of the European Federation of Food Banks since 1990, the Italian Federation of Food Banks currently federates the action of 21 food banks and redistributes food to nearly 9,000 food assistance organizations in Italy. Thus, thanks to donations from producers, food industry, retail, the European Union and the general public, FIBA has collected and distributed more than 72,000 tons of products in 2014 throughout the peninsula.