Associazione “Food for Soul”
e Caritas Ambrosiana, Milano.
Published: April 19th, 2018

Milano, Refettorio Ambrosiano, Aprile 2018

Food for Soul is not a charity project; it is a cultural one. We take an alternative approach to building community spaces based on three core principles: Quality of Ideas, Power of Beauty, and Value of Hospitality.

Through art, design and beauty, we transform neglected spaces into warm and inclusive social hubs, aiming to welcome not only our guests, but the whole community.

Our guests come from situations of social vulnerability and food insecurity. We welcome them in beautiful and inspiring environments, invite them to sit around the same table and enjoy hearty and delicious meals, served by a team of volunteers.

Meals are made from surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. Markets, supermarkets, producers and suppliers donate perfectly edible, quality food that is transformed into nutritious three-course menus. We aim to unveil the potential of ingredients at every stage of their lifespan. Browned bananas, overripe tomatoes and stale bread are reintroduced into the food chain – with extra value.

“Quality of ideas”
Quality is a value that is at heart of each of our projects. For this reason, we involve professionals from different fields who share their creativity, skills and expertise to make our projects impactful and inspiring. With their contribution, we are able to reassess the value of food, people and spaces that have been abandoned and to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

“Power of beauty”
Beauty is an universal language, whose power can inspire and enact change. By infusing our projects with art and design, we aim to create an environment where not only our guests, but the whole community, can feel valued and welcome. Nourishment is for the body as well as for the soul.

Sharing a meal while sitting around the same table is a gesture of inclusion. Meals are cooked with quality ingredients, plated carefully and served to our guests by a dedicated team of volunteers. Tableware is chosen specifically to create a welcoming environment where guests can enjoy their meal and socialise, and where the local community can rediscover the beauty and warmth of hospitality.

Founder Massimo Bottura, President Lara Gilmore

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