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Published on : Monday, July 24, 2017
This project involves the collecting of food that has been prepared, but not served in the restaurants of the cruise and distributing it to a local organization which helps children in need, who are in dire distress.
Maria Chiara Gadda sponsored a law that aids the donation of surplus food, which will help to improve the food security.
Andrea Olivero, Italy’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Good and Forestry said that the initiative shows that the law against food waste that was enforced last September has triggered a cultural change.
The project of Costa Diadema is an ambitious project and sending an important message to the global people, retrieving surpluses even in the most complex situations. It is not just a pipe dream, but it is genuinely achievable if everyone takes on their share of responsibility.
After the enforcement of Food Security Law, Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus worked with Costa for eight months to manage a food surplus management procedure to save high-quality food with high nutritional value. Acceding to official, the child poverty in Italy has risen from 3.9% in 2005 to 12.5% in 2016. He added that they are focusing on extending this best practice to other ports in Italy. They are beginning with Savona under the flagship of Costa Diadema.
Costa Diadema calls at Savona every Saturday. On Friday, after dinner, all dishes, which are prepared in the restaurants and not served, will be placed in special aluminum containers and the foils are sealed and labeled to make sure that they can be traced, and then stored in the refrigerators on board. The next morning, when the cruise docks at Savona, these containers are offloaded and delivered to Banco Alimentare volunteers. Then they are taken to Varazze, a nearby town, to the Fondazione L’Ancora, which runs a home for 20 children and provides food aid to more than 280 people, who are in need, including refugees.
This program can provide varied and excellent quality food to people who are in distress. It also helps the children who are suffering from malnutrition.