Food Assistance

A shared meal, not just to erase hunger
Placating a need and feeding hope with
support going beyond simple food aid.

The results

  • Beneficiaries served in food kitchen
  • Hot meals served in food kitchen
  • Meals distributed on the street in Genoa
  • Beneficiary nationalities
Genoa (Liguria)
Genoa (Liguria)

In collaboration with: Comunità di Sant’Egidio, Genoa

THE CHALLENGE: hunger is on the rise in rich countries

The suppression of hunger is the second of the 17 goals on the 2030 Agenda, the programme for sustainable development signed by the UN member countries.
A goal that, on a global scale, is particularly urgent if we consider that in 2018 about 820 million people in the world, or one person in nine, lived in conditions of undernutrition, and this number continues to rise.
The analysis carried out by Coldiretti (National Confederation of Agricultural Entrepreneurs), on the occasion of the publication of the latest report on the state of global food safety and nutrition, states that in Italy alone 2.7 million people were forced to seek food assistance in 2018.
Among the most vulnerable groups within this statistic, were 453,000 children under the age of 15; close to 197,000 elderly over 65; and 103,000 homeless people.
This means that even in countries where there is an abundance of food for everyone, an extremely high number of people do not have access to it.
But for many, hunger is only a part of a more complex problem of social marginalisation.
That is why, in addition to providing adequate access to food, it is necessary to integrate the distribution of meals and groceries through specialised assistance.
It is the only way of preventing the vulnerable from falling into an even deeper state of destitution, by assisting them to find the strength to emerge from social isolation.

THE GOAL: to overcome the challenges of poverty and hunger

The Food Assistance project for the city of Genoa guarantees one hot meal a day to over 500 vulnerable people, in addition to the daily street distribution of more than 100 cold meals to the homeless.
The campaign supplies healthy food for preparing the meals, by leveraging Costa Crociere ships’ network of usual supply partners.
The aim is to also support Sant’Egidio’s community centre in managing its two distribution centres in the area, which are becoming increasingly overwhelmed by a growing demand for food, medicine and clothing, as well as in all those cases where an emergency demands timely and concrete support in exceptional circumstances.

OUR PROJECT: to create a model for supporting the vulnerable through daily interactions

The Food Assistance programme developed in collaboration with Sant’Egidio’s community centre foresees financial support that reaches beyond the simple provision of meals.
The assistance provided daily ensures hot meals to over 500 guests in Genoa’s shelter and cold meals to those living on the street, who do not have the resources or the strength to visit the canteen.
However, along with the meals that all these people receive, as they are fed, they also benefit from interacting with the volunteers who stop and chat with them, establishing personal connections and friendships, which makes it possible to address specific needs and provide more than the most basic physical assistance.
Thus, the guests of the canteen and the people we reach on the street are also nourished by the solidarity, respect and kindness of the volunteers who choose to donate their time to them.
The Costa Crociere Foundation’s direct support for this campaign is complemented by the constant involvement of Costa Crociere’ partners and suppliers, who ensure the supply of quality food products to prepare the meals more economically than at market prices.
The commitment to the ongoing search for financial resources to support the project, is also directed at distributing basic necessities such as food, medicine, clothing and blankets through the community’s distribution centres.
An activity supported by the network of Costa Crociere’ partners, but also through managing and organising the collection of the Costa ships’ disused items, which are either new or in excellent condition, to be repurposed.
This aid project also involves the human resources department, who identify, select and coordinate the volunteers from amongst Costa Crociere’s employees.
The outreach also extends to media and institutions, by tapping into the privileged channels that Costa Crociere can access, to raise public awareness and promote policies against food waste and in support of fighting poverty and marginalisation.


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