The partnership between Costa Cruises and the food bank charity Fondazione Banco Alimentare for the recovery and redistribution to charity of the surplus food produced but not consumed on board the ships in the Costa fleet is adding Genoa on April 12 – with the Costa Fortuna – to the list of ports involved in the scheme.

Genoa, the regional capital of Liguria, is where Costa Cruises was first established over 70 years ago and is still headquartered today; now the city is joining Costa’s food waste reduction initiative, involving the retrieval of the leftover food on board and its redistribution to local organizations providing assistance to those in need.

More specifically, once a week, the excellent quality dishes prepared but not served in the dining areas of the Costa Fortuna will be delivered to Banco Alimentare volunteers and donated to La Casa dell’Angelo – Opera don Guanella, a shelter that has been operating for 68 years, providing an education and emotional support for disadvantaged youngsters aged from 6 to 18.

First launched in July 2017, Costa Cruises’ food support project is currently operating in the Italian ports of Savona, Civitavecchia, Bari and Palermo. It has been successfully exported to France (Marseille) and Spain (Barcelona), and last December it was extended beyond the Mediterranean, with the addition of Guadeloupe and Martinique. In 21 months, over 100,000 portions of quality food have been donated to a total of 11 associations that look after people in need. In this way we have enhanced the international links between our ships and the local communities in and around the various ports of call.

Our surplus food donation scheme, managed in partnership with Fondazione Banco Alimentare, is part of the 4GOODFOOD program, whereby Costa became the first cruise line to review and redesign its food service and introduce sustainability as a priority, setting the ambitious objective of halving food waste fleetwide by 2020.