FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on October 16 to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. Events are organized across the worId to raise consciousness and as a call for action. At Costa we’re totally committed in this sense fleetwide, every day of the year.
This is reflected by our 4GoodFood program, which has laid down a marker for the global shipping industry by setting out on the path to recognizing the value of food and responsible consumption in a complex setting like a cruise ship. This involves a far-reaching integrated project, ranging from a review of the process of preparation of dishes and of the food experience to the management of surplus food and actively engaging our guests and crew members so as to secure their direct involvement in the supreme global challenge aimed at reversing current trends.
World Food Day 2018 is focusing on action to achieve “Zero Hunger”, which is Sustainable Development Goal number 2 of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. We can all play a part in this by wasting less, eating a healthier diet and adopting a sustainable lifestyle.
En route to the #ZeroHunger Goal, a key role in Costa’s program is played by our efforts to recover and manage surplus food. In what is a first for global shipping, through our partnership with the Italian food bank charity Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus, we’re running a scheme revolving around retrieving the leftover quality food that is prepared on board but not served in the ships’ restaurants and distributing it to local charitable organizations ashore assisting people in need. Since the inception of the surplus food donation project in July 2017, we’ve distributed over 60,000 portions of “ready to eat” food with great nutritional value. The program is currently operating in the Italian ports of Savona, Civitavecchia, Bari and Palermo, as well as in Marseille, and it is planned to extend it in the near future to other ports in the Mediterranean and beyond.
For us this is the best way to celebrate World Food Day – on October 16 and every other day of the year.