An important project for the recycle of the surplus food of conferences and events, named FOOD FOR GOOD–From meetings to solidarity, jointly carried out by Federcongressi&eventi as well as by the non-profit organizations Banco Alimentare and Equoevento, is underway in the whole of the Italian meetings industry.
Premise of the project is that saving and retrieving food generates several benefits for the whole community:
Meal times, during conferences, congresses or events, are a pleasant opportunity of conviviality and sociability, where taste, high quality and abundance are starring. If the food is not all consumed and it ends up exceeding, one can retrieve it for the purpose of social solidarity. With simple operations, the excess food may be intended to Banco Alimentare or Equoevento NPOs, which will deliver it to facilities assisting people in need – not far away but always in the outskirts.
The recovery of the surplus must take place in a safe “chain of gift”, in which the various parties involved have duties and responsibilities clearly defined by a shared operating procedure.
Food recycling basically requires that the chain of heat and cold doesn’t get interrupted. Those who want to donate the food must:
Three facilities associated to Federcongressi&eventi (Cotone Congressi of Genoa, Palacongressi of Rimini, and the Milan-based PCO agency MZ Congressi) undertook some tests within 15 events from February 12 to July 1. The events were attended by a total of 17,235 participants (24,050 turn-outs).
Here is a list of the collected foods and a projection of how much could be recovered if this good practice were adopted in all the meetings held in Italy each year:
The companies involved in these tests have particularly appreciated the proposal and were happy to contribute to an important cause as well as to support the event with their local communities.
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Bread and baking
Those already dealing with CSR issues could demonstrate consistency in their efforts, and in some cases they have had the pleasure to integrate the surplus food with other spare food and beverages in their possession (it goes without saying, always granting continuity in the chain of heat and cold).
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