Barilla's commitment to fighting food waste

Today, 815 million people have to survive on little more than a handful of rice a day. The data of the WFO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO report highlighted by Italian daily Corriere della Sera reveal a growing trend: 38 million more people going hungry than in 2015. 

Yet, today, 1.3 billion tons of food (about 1/3 of the food produced) is thrown away before it even gets to our tables. This is about four times the amount of food necessary to feed the more than 815 million undernourished people on the planet. If we also consider that the value of food waste worldwide is 750 billion Euro, the phenomenon's social, economic and cultural importance is clear. This is the background to the work of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition (BCFN) Foundation, the multidisciplinary research center whose studies have been an inspiration for Barilla Group in recent years. The BCFN analyzes the root causes and effects of economic, scientific, social and environmental issues on nutrition, and aims to find real solutions to the global food system's three major paradoxes.

The Barilla Group has a long-standing involvement in projects that aim to combat food waste. The latest of these was the opening, last March in Parma (where Barilla’s HQ are based), of new premises for the donation of Barilla products to charitable organizations and associations. Here, volunteers from the Caritas charity and Barilla will distribute foodstuffs to charitable associations from Parma and the surrounding area which will apply for accreditation to access the service, and which will serve hundreds of people in need. 

In general terms, Barilla, which has tied its growth to the wellbeing of people and the communities where it works, in line with its mission "Good for You, Good for the Planet", donates more than 4,000 tons of products worldwide every year. During the last few years, the Parma-based Group has launched several projects for the donation of food surpluses, and established mechanisms for coordination with local associations that  assist those living in poverty. Partner organizations include: Banco Alimentare in Italy, Feeding America in the United States, Food Bank Australia, and Banque Alimentaire and Restos du Coeur in France. What's more, in the United States, Barilla supports the work of chef Bruno Serato, who donates a dish of pasta to hundreds of children in need every day through the Caterina's Club Foundation.