By returning to deep time traditions of food sharing and gathering among family and friends during the pandemic, Italians have not only rediscovered aspects of their cultural identity -- and increased the quality of the foods being consumed and social relations and exchanges in their everyday lives -- but have also cultivated a spirit of giving and environmental stewardship by limiting the amount of food waste. “Clearly, the awareness of Italians about the issue of food waste is growing. We are beginning to understand that reducing losses means less environmental impact and more food for everyone, especially those who are suffering most in this emergency period.” There are various projects throughout Italy led by groups of volunteers of all ages, as well as orientations that are actively spreading the reawakening of Italy’s food sharing culture and “creating an atmosphere that uses food as a tool for dialogue and inclusion.”

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