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Thank You for your support

Sharing your Gestures of Love with Refettorio projects around the world.

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An individual act, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

Help Us Achieve
One Goal: One Vision: One Future

One GOAL to nourish those most vulnerable with dignity and love. 
One VISION for a sustainable food system that restores nature with zero waste. 
One FUTURE in which no food is wasted and no person is left behind.

A Gift of Impact

Your Gift is an act of solidarity to show the Power of beauty, Value of Hospitality and Quality of Ideas for a more sustainable inclusive equitable world.

Together, Refettorio projects around the world have Saved +1120 tonnes of Food from Waste, Nourished +2.4 million Meals, Connected over 500K Chefs, Volunteers, Guests.  Every Gift will help sustain essential program services for those most vulnerable.

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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.

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've grown to mobilize communities around the world to reduce food waste by cooking sustainably and ensuring good food for all, especially those most vulnerable. 

Food has the power to connect us.  This
#GivingTuesday it is not just the number of meals, it is the the gesture of caring for community and empowering inclusivity.  Give to support our mission and Refettorio projects around the world.

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Give ONE smile.​

Serve ONE meal.

Volunteer ONE hour.

Plant ONE tree.

Help ONE friend.

Give. Share. Act

Help us grow Gestures of Love on our Giving Tree

Tag @foodforsoul_it and use hashtags #givingtuesday #givingtree.

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.

Gifts of Inspiration

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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. 



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. 



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. 



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.



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.

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