Milano Catering has given over 3 tons of food, especially salad, grated Parmesan cheese, dairy products and eggs, to the Banco Alimentare Onlus Foundation and other organizations
Coronavirus emergency: schools remain closed. In the meantime, however, food destined for canteens, ready to be cooked for students, risks being wasted. So Milano Catering, the subsidiary of the Municipality of Milan, which prepares and distributes around 75,000 meals a day for pupils from all over the city every day, has chosen the most virtuous way to manage large quantities of advanced food: it has decided to donate over 3 tons of food, in particular salad, grated Parmesan cheese, dairy products and eggs, destined for the canteens of Milanese schools, the Banco Alimentare Onlus Foundation and other organizations that work for the collection and distribution of surplus food, including City Angels and Refettorio Ambrosiano.
«On Sunday, when school closure was decided, one of our concerns was avoid waste tons of fresh food that we could no longer distribute in the canteens , explained the president of Milan Catering Bernardo Notarangelo. "I thank the associations, the employees and all those who have contributed to achieving this objective so effectively". Banco Alimentare and the other organizations involved in the project will distribute food through their channels, supporting the fight against food waste.
Italy ranks 13th in Europe for food waste
In Italy on average we waste 65 kilos of food per capita every year: according to the Food Sustainability Index, in Europe, we rank 13th for the quantity of food that is lost just upstream of the agro-food chain and for waste during the transformation, distribution and consumption phases. But throwing food away also means wasting natural resources: the fruit and vegetables that are wasted every year to be produced required more than 73 million cubic meters of water. The same amount with which we could fill 80 Olympic swimming pools every day or meet the drinking water needs of all of Lombardy for 18 days, Lazio for 23 days, Campania for 27 and Puglia for 153.
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