Centro Agroalimentare Roma
Ensured that all Romans had access to nutritious food during the lockdown
Location: Italy, Rome
“Wholesale markets guaranteed a wide range of products despite the difficulties related to transportation and logistics”
The onset of COVID-19 took a toll on most things we once took for granted. Grocery shopping was perhaps the most blatant example: How do you get your daily food when you’re on lockdown and most shops are closed? In Roma, citizens could count on Centro Agroalimentare Roma. “We witnessed an increase in the demand for fruit and vegetables,” a consortium members says. “Our neighbourhood markets never stopped working and we could provide basic, regional commodities to those who stayed at home.” The consortium even took a step further. Seeing how part of the population lacked the resources to buy enough nutritious food, they partnered with local groups and services to donate as many as 2 million portions of food in March and April 2020 alone. Their efforts were coordinated online under the hashtag #TogetherWeWillDoThis and were recently highlighted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).