On 22 July 2017 Costa Crociere, which is the largest Italian travel group and Europe's number one cruise operator with 70 years of tradition in passenger shipping, launched the project "4 Good Food" in collaboration with Banco Alimentare in Savona and then it was replicated in December 2017 in Civitavecchia (Rome).
The project consists in the recovery of ready to eat food, i.e. items prepared for daily buffet but not served to guests. Food is placed in special aluminium containers to ensure food safety and traceability, and then stored in refrigerators on board. The next day, when the ship docks in the port, the containers are delivered to the volunteers of the food bank and then to local charitable organizations assisting people in need.
After Savona and Civitavecchia, Costa Crociere expanded the project going beyond national borders: on 19 May the launch of the collaboration with the Fédération Française des Banques Alimentaires and the Banque Alimentaire des Bouches du Rhône in Marseille (France) and on 21 May in Bari (Italy).
On 17 July it will be the turn of Palermo (Italy) and it will coincide with the celebration of the first anniversary of this innovative project. The European Food Banks Federation and all the involved food banks are going to celebrate together with some special guests... some food bankers from the Federación Española de Banco de Alimentos and the Food Bank in Barcelona. We hope that the next step will be Barcelona in the next months!
You can see a video presenting the project here: