Genova - Costa Crociere and Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus will continue their collaboration to recover and socially recycle food surpluses produced on board cruise ships.
A new chapter of the collaboration was introduced on board “Costa Diadema” during her call at Civitavecchia, in which it will be possible to collect food that was prepared but not served in the ship’s restaurants, and ensure its distribution to a local organization that provides assistance to needy children. Five months after the programme began in Savona, which to date has provided 8,500 meals to people in need, Civitavecchia is also joining the food donation programme.
Maria Chiara Gadda, a promoter and spokesperson of the law in favour of food donations, gave the following favourable testimony: “I am very pleased to be here today to inaugurate the second stage of a process which I am sure, will soon come to other Italian ports, and I hope to European ones, as well. This specifically shows that it is always possible to recover good, healthy food, with the important aim of social solidarity, even in the most unpredictable places, such as a cruise ship, or in holiday resorts and attractions. The anti-waste law now makes it easier to do this, but at the same time, public, private and non-profit bodies had to be willing and determined to cooperate, and decide to join together to build the common good,” she said. “Starting today, 36 more young people will be able to benefit from very high quality culinary preparations, both in terms of taste and their nutritional value, and this can only make us proud and reward ourselves for the efforts made to achieve this important objective,” said Marco Lucchini, the Secretary General of the Fondazione Banco Alimentare. “We are now prepared to commit ourselves to implementing the next steps of this important project, which we hope will soon reach the port of Palermo. Today we are adding a new element to our commitment to the fight against food waste. We started it in Savona last summer, and today, with the introduction of the program in Civitavecchia, we intend to give a concrete sign of our willingness to extend the programme to other ports in Italy. We are very proud of this initiative, which is absolutely new in the world of cruises, and was made possible by our well-known and respected partner Banco Alimentare.”Giuseppe Carino, Costa Crociere’s Vice President for Guest Experience said that the company would continue its commitment to further extend the programme to other Costa fleet ships and to other ports of call in the Mediterranean.