Massimo Bottura the renowned chef and owner of world’s number 1. restaurant Osteria Francescana in Modena, is founder of Food for Soul – a nonprofit, cultural project working with communities to fight food waste in the interest of individual wellbeing by offering food and dignity to people in situations of social vulnerability.
Culture. Nourishment. Community.
Massimo believes “Cooking is a call to act” and that hunger may be relieved by creative management of daily food wastage. Food for Soul is his non-profit organization that promotes social awareness about food wastage and hunger through a wide range of initiatives in collaboration with chefs, artisans, food suppliers, artists, designers and institutions. Importantly, he states Food for Soul is not a charity project but rather a cultural one. Food for Soul provides an enriching soup kitchen environment for the homeless where nourishment is not only meant to be for the body, but also for the soul. Their projects are infused with art, design and beauty to engage the guests in a holistic approach to nourishment: feeding the body and the soul. Their core mission rests on the value of beauty as a common ground for community development and well-being; with food, art and creativity being a universal language.
“People cannot live by bread alone. Art and culture are the heart of this project: ethic and aesthetics go hand in hand, as two sides of the same coin.” Massimo Bottura
Food for Soul started off with Refettorio Ambrosiano – a contemporary soup kitchen in an abandoned theatre. During ExpoMilan 2015, Massimo brought 60 international chefs to cook for the homeless with only food leftovers from the world exhibition. Artists, architects and designers contributed to the project to create a unique space. During the 6 months of Expo, 100 volunteers washed dishes, mopped the floors and served over 10,000 healthy meals cooked from 15 tons of salvaged food. The Refettorio Ambrosiano continued on and now run by Caritas Ambrosiana serves meals 5 days a week to the homeless people of Milan. Outside the building a neon sign by artist Maurizio Nannucci bears testimony to Bottura’s conviction: NO MORE EXCUSES.
“We NEED MORE places that UNITE people at the table
We NEED MORE places that REVIVE neighbourhoods
We NEED MORE places that RESTORE the body and the soul”
Food for Soul aims to:
– Raise funds to renovate abandoned spaces in peripheral and neglected areas;
– Prepare healthy, seasonal and delicious meals from the surplus food of supermarkets, local markets and suppliers that would have otherwise been discarded;
– Invite people in need, local volunteers and chefs from around the world to share a place at the table and enjoy a meal together.
Since that successful beginning, Food for Soul have established themselves to assist the many chefs who have looked to open a refettorio in their own city. From working with an already established soup kitchen in Bolonga, Food for Soul then crossed the ocean to Rio di Janeiro and set up a soup kitchen RefettoRio Gastromotiva during the 2016 Olympics cooking tasty and nutritious meals from the food surplus of the Olympic Village. Food for Soul invites everyone: chefs, students, artisans, families, food suppliers and corporate sponsors to join them and contribute to their mission. Read more about the visionary Massimo Bottura in our Field Report on shelf now.
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