Charity food points in Florence

Food banks, donations and vouchers

Jane Farrell
April 16, 2020 - 12:31

One of the silver linings of the lockdown experience is witnessing the amount of charitable energy people have displayed. A number of initiatives are being rapidly implemented to ensure that those struggling to put food on their tables will be able to do so. Here are the food donation points around Florence and what you can do to help. 



At the supermarket


Ph. Unico Firenze



All Unicoop Firenze supermarkets now contain a "Spesa sospesa" point with the intention of raising funds to offer food to those going without and for those most vulnerable during this health and economic crisis. Until April 30, shoppers can donate 1 euro or 100 membership card points as they pay for their groceries, which the Fondazione Il Cuore si scioglie will double. The funds raised will purchase food packages that will be distributed by voluntary associations to those most in need. This is not the first initiative of its kind by Unicoop Firenze and the Il Cuore Foundation, which recently donated 300,000 euro in vouchers to associations assisting those in poverty. The supermarket chain has also pledged to freeze prices until May 31 to ensure stability in the cost of products. 


You can also pledge your supermarket points at Esselunga. Donating 500 Punti Fìdaty points means a five euro direct donation to Italy's hospitals and research institutions. 


Conad is offering an additional 10 per cent discount on groceries purchased using the food vouchers provided to families in need by Italy's municipalities.




Food vouchers


Ph. Comune di Firenze



Those in severe economic difficulty caused by the coronavirus emergency can to apply for food vouchers. The application can only be submitted online on the Comune's website. The vouchers will be worth 10 euro each and can be used in supermarkets and affiliated shops. The minimum value is 150 euro for single-parent families up to about 500 euro for larger households. For more information, call 055 3282200 or freephone 800 508286 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email [email protected]




Street collection points




A number of street collection points have sprung up across the city. One such point is on via Barbadori, near piazza della Passera, which is collecting toiletries, soap and toilet paper for anyone to take or give. 




Charitable foundations


Ph. Fondazione CR Firenze



The Florentine charity has a number of initiatives to help out during these difficult times. As part of the Firenze per Firenze campaign, the funds raised to support those unable to pay for basic necessities will be tripled by the Fondazione CR Firenze. The goal is to collect 50,000 euro, which will be used for the purchase of food packages distributed to homes, as well as for materials such as face protection and gloves for volunteers. 




An app that's adapted


Ph. Prontopia volunteer
Originally a travel app to assist tourists in navigating the city, Prontopia have adapted their services to offer free errand services such as grocery runs, pharmacy pick-ups and dog walking to anyone over 65 in Florence or in need of help at this time. For those under 65, the service can be paid by the minute, working out at 20 euro per hour.

Community groups


Ph. Nuovo Rinascimento Onlus



Give any extra food you have to those who have none. The Nuovo Rinascimento collection point is at the Casa Lapi restaurant, in via del Drago d'Oro 5, and accepts foods that have a long duration, such as pasta, beans, tomato sauces and snacks. Opening hours: 9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am-12 noon Saturday; closed on Sunday. The newly formed charity is working with Croce Rossa Italiana - Comitato di Firenze and delivering groceries, medicines and meals donated by local restaurants. 




Food banks


Ph/ Banco Alimentare Onlus



The voluntary-run food bank Banco Alimentare della Toscana Onlus is collecting food surpluses and getting them to those in need. Active 365 days of the year, the charity's services are more in need now than ever. Click here to donate. 



You can find a map of the food donation points here. 

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