In Palermo Costa Crociere and Banco Alimentare celebrates one year of activity to recover surplus food for social purpose.
On Tuesday 17 July 2018, with the Costa Fascinosa landing at Palermo, this town officially launched the food donation program from Costa Crociere ships with the aim of recovering surplus food for social purpose produced on board.
The project, which was born one year ago thanks to the collaboration between Costa Crociere and Banco Alimentare, allows the recovery of prepared food but not served in the restaurant of the ships and its redistribution to local charitable organizations that provide assistance to people in need.
The initiative started in Savona in July 2017 and over a 12-month period has reached 50.000 donated portions. The target is to extend the project to all the harbours in the Mediterranean, not just in Italy as it is confirmed by the recent implementation of the project in the port of Marseille. Nowadays, Food Banks receives the surplus food from Costa Crociere’s fleet in 5 ports.
This project between Costa Crociere and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, that is included in a context of support the fight against poverty and social exclusion, has been possible also thanks Law No 166/2016 promoted by On. Maria Chiara Gadda which entered into force on 14 September 2016. The food surplus donation, managed by Banco Alimentare, is part of the initiative 4GOODFOOD by which Costa has decided as the first to revisit the food field in a sustainable way.
Thanks to its integrated approach that starts with the preparation process of dishes and goes to make directly as protagonist guests and crew, 4GOODFOOD recently was awarded with the prestigious Seatrade Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category.