Food Stories

Volunteers in Rome are rescuing unsold market food and distributing it for free

Volunteers in Rome are rescuing unsold market food and distributing it for free

Food is a cultural cornerstone in Italy yet the most recent government survey of 400 families showed each one wastes the equivalent of 85 kg of food, worth a combined 8.5 billion euros ($10.49 billion), a year. Earlier figures have put food waste as high as 145 kg per family, at a cost of 16 billion euros.

In 2016, Italy passed a law to limit food waste, making it easier to donate unsold food.