Giving Tuesday

SOCIAL CHANGE IS A COLLECTIVE EFFORT

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world. 

This #GivingTuesday let’s show the power of inclusivity around the world and act as if what you do makes a difference because it does.

 

Whether it is preparing a meal for those who need it most, helping a neighbor out, compliment a stranger or making a gesture of inclusion, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. Even if we’re asked to stay at home and to behave individually for the collective well-being, it doesn’t mean we can’t make the difference to the people around us.

Food for Soul started its mission in 2015 with a simple gesture: inviting two people to join the same table. It is from that small gesture that the Refettorio Ambrosiano was born, to express that cooking could also be a call to act and a tool for change - mind, vision, culture, society.

From that small gesture we tried to address the the issue of food waste through cooking and engaging the community and those most in need. All of these was possible because we did this through beauty. By creating welcoming, well lit and well-designed spaces and gathering diverse people around the dining table we were able to restore dignity and a sense of belonging.

This #GivingTuesday it is not just the number of meals, it is the the gesture of caring for community and empowering inclusivity.

Food for Soul is on its mission not just to provide nourishing meals, but to inspire people to build a culture in which we all feel a sense of belonging and no one or food is left behind. With our partners around the world, each Refettorio project is a symbol of inclusivity, mobilizing the next generation of changemakers to create a more sustainable food system while nourishing those food insecure.

Food has the power to connect us, and we want to celebrate this #GivingTuesday by inviting everyone to become part of our song of collaboration. 
 

Now it's your time to give, supporting the development of Refettorio projects around the world, taking local action to reduce food loss and waste while providing nourishing meals, education and training for those most socially vulnerable. Be part of the global movement to improve food security and sustainability, health and equity of our food system. 

Food has the power to connect us, and we want to celebrate this #GivingTuesday by inviting everyone to become part of our song of collaboration. 

Because behind every meal there is something more.

1. Donate to Food for Soul and commit to one gesture of inclusion.

*On Giving Tuesday donate and receive Food for Soul Advent Calendar as a gift.

GIVE KINDNESS

In recognition of the power of human connection, we collaborate with volunteers from all cultures and backgrounds. The work of this incredible people is a constant reminder of the Power of Hospitality to build stronger, more cohesive communities. In order to create experiences that have an emotional impact and that can make people feel seen and cared for while opening pathways for social mobility and professional growth, all the volunteers are able to make guests feel loved and cared for also during these difficult times. 

GIVE CULTURE


At Food for Soul we studied the positive outcomes of connecting food waste and food insecurity to health indicators and consumer behavior change. Promoting good health and well-being is one of the main goals of Refettorios. By transforming ingredients that would otherwise be thrown away into healthy and nourishing meals, they advocate for a healthier and more equitable food system. 

GIVE VOICE

We let our actions speak for us. By seeking to lead by example and stand behind our ideas, we hope to be able to show what it’s possible, inspire confidence and build relationships based on trust.

For these reasons, Refettorios highlight the importance of an equitable food ecosystem through good stewardship, sourcing standards, upcycling and food education. Good food is a right of all, therefore access should be just, and cultural literacy shared. 

GIVE BEAUTY

By collaborating with architects, artists, designers, and community leaders, Food for Soul transforms underused places into vibrant communities, moving the spotlight to shine light on their hidden potential and encouraging them to become more resilient and to advocate for social change.

GIVE TOGETHERNESS

As the COVID-19 situation is evolving, we stand behind our partners at each Refettorio which, alongside a large network of community members, are putting in place measures to ensure the health and safety of all guests, volunteers, and staff members. As they do their best to ensure that the community continues to be served, who now more than ever find themselves in situations of vulnerability and isolation, Food for Soul remains committed to working closely to its partners to communicate the crucial impact of the Refettorios.

2. Host your fundraising event and support Food for Soul.

Food for Soul needs your support to continue growing the impact of its projects and invites you to see how you can support on #GivingTuesday and through the holiday with personally fundraising ideas to grow our impact and show how food has the power to connect us for a more inclusive sustainable future for all.  

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Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura

Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura

Credits: Nicolas Rochette

Credits: Nicolas Rochette

Credits: Angelo Dal Bo

Credits: Angelo Dal Bo

Kitchen Quarantine logo

Kitchen Quarantine logo

1. Host a Bread is Gold-inspired dinner for family and friends. 

Get your virtual table ready, set a Giving Ticket price to support Food for Soul and invite your community to share delicious inspirations from Bread is Gold cookbook.  In 2015, at the launch of the first Refettorio in Milan, Chefs from around the world came together to use their creativity, recover imperfect ingredients and cook delicious meals to nourish those in greatest need.  

Get cooking, set the menu with favorite recipes from Bread is Bold (or take your hand at Massimo’s Mint and Breadcrumb Pesto) and invite your guests to do the same.  

2. Launch a creative challenge on food waste.

Take the Zero Waste Food Challenge and Be a Food System Changemaker!  Contribute your savings to Food for Soul. 
1) Download and use the food waste challenge form our page. 

2) Calculate your food waste at home, every ounce is an opportunity to contribute to planetary health  

3) Make your Pledge to Reduce by donating your savings to Food for Soul + 3 simple actions to support. 

4)Share your savings + zero waste commitments on social media AND Nominate your friends to take the Challenge.

3.  Organize a Kitchen Memory Gift Box raffle,  inspired by Cooking is an Act of Love

Create a personalized foodie giveaway, follow Food for Soul’s guide and include your favorite food ingredients, tool and recipe. 

Assemble. Share. Invite. your friends and family to donate to Food for Soul’s mission with a chance to win! 

4. Put on our founder's chef jacket and play host to your own Kitchen Quarantine episode to benefit Food for Soul.

Invite your friends to make a contribution to Food for Soul and then demonstrate your culinary creativity on social media, tackling the ingredients left in your fridge to create a delicious no waste recipe. Let your food repurposing imagination soar, educate and inspire your friends and family to take action for a more sustainable food system. 

Check out Food for Soul Fundraising & launch your personnel Kitchen Quarantine episode.