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Updates from Italy during COVID-19 crisis

 03-06-2020

Italy has been the first and most impacted country in Europe by the coronavirus pandemic. The Italian Food Banks, under the organization Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, have always remained open since the beginning. As the country starts to slowly go back to normal life again, the economic crisis is hitting hard, putting the Food Banks in a challenging position.

In this period of emergency, Banco Alimentare has distributed more than 90 thousand tons of food to charities. Today only in Italy there are 10 million more people in a condition of poverty. The food demand is increasing and at the same time, coordinating the recovery, storage and delivery of huge quantities of food is a delicate task in this period. Read more here.

This situation of poverty has been confirmed by a recent study carried out by Istat which states that almost one in three Italians is at risk of poverty. More precisely, 6.5% of families are in absolute poverty and the poor are getting poorer and poorer. Read more here

In recent months, unknown and unforeseen events have come to our attention together with already known and perhaps forgotten facts. Among these, the most obvious are that food is an absolute priority and access to food should be possible for everyone. Since the early days of the crisis, many companies, particularly in the commercial catering sector, have contacted the Italian Food Banks to save food. Read here the full statement of Marco Lucchini, Secretary General of Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus.

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