What do Alitalia, Olympics, best restaurant in the world have in common?

Solidarity flies with Alitalia. The Italian airline is proud to be a partner of the innovative project realized by Food For Soul, the nonprofit organization founded by Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of Osteria Francescana, recently named best restaurant in the world.

The refectory project, devised by Food For Soul along with the Brazilian non-profit organization, Gastromotiva, has seen the creation of a supportive canteen in Lapa, a neighborhood in the central area of Rio de Janeiro, where throughout the period of the Olympics and the Paralympics, 200 meals per day will be served to those in need by recovering food surplus from the Olympic village.

The gourmet meals in the refectory will be prepared by some of the best Italian chefs whose air travel to Rio de Janeiro has been sponsored by Alitalia, as well as made available space in the holds of their aircraft to Brazil for the project to transport the necessary material (crockery, cutlery, food) for the commencement of activities.

The refectory project is the natural continuation of the refectory model Ambrosiano in Milan launched during the EXPO, and will promote a conscious use of the food, where food recovery goes hand in hand with solidarity.

The creation of a supportive canteen where Italian chefs create haute cuisine from food leftovers, has been furnished in a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the collaboration of famous international artists.

It is estimated that at the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, 19,000 meals will have been served in the Olympic Village over, resulting in the recovery of 12 tons of food that would otherwise be lost.

Through collaboration with Food For Soul, Alitalia renews its commitment to social and humanitarian organizations for the fight against hunger in the world. In December of last year, the airline launched along with the Italian WFP fundraising campaign, “Give for Food,” on its intercontinental flights in support of a school feeding program of the World Food Program.