24 Jun 2015


New signers include Findus, Stop Hunger Now, the Monte dei Paschi Foundation 
 and Reggio Children.

Findus, a leader in frozen food products, joins the supporters of the Milan Protocol, the worldwide agreement on food sponsored by the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation. Findus is committed to develop an increasingly sustainable product line, as well as sensitizing consumers to the specific issue of food waste. The company pursues this goal through the Forever Food Together program, promoting the iFreeze movement along with its other partners: both projects are aimed at providing consumers with suggestions and ideas on how to effectively use freezing and frozen foods to cut food waste by half.

Together with Findus, over the last few weeks the Municipality of Rosignano Marittimo (LI), the MPS Foundation (Monte del Paschi of Siena), the Jeremy Coller Foundation, Link 2007 Cooperazione in Rete, Reggio Children, Stop Hunger Now, and Unimpresa have joined the Milan Protocol. More than 100 organizations have signed on to support the Protocol, as well as 15,000 online signers from around the world.
After Parma, Rosignano Marittimo is the second Italian municipality to support the document. Always committed to reducing waste and promoting a careful and conscious culture of food and nutrition, the Municipality of Rosignano manages its school meals program in particular with the “by weight” procedure: serving children exactly the amounts specified by nutritionists and pediatricians, almost completely avoiding leftovers and significantly reducing waste.

The organizations who have signed onto the Milan Protocol share its inspiring principles and are committed to spreading them, starting with the specific actions taken by each. For example, the Jeremy Coller Foundation has worked in the area of human health since 2002. It has signed onto the Protocol, deeming it an important document that brings together all the major problems connected to the food system; or Link 2007 Cooperazione in Rete, a network of nine of the major internationally-cooperating Italian NGOs active in more than 50 countries worldwide, including Africa, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Or Reggio Children, which works with children, based on the experiences of the Reggio Emilia Municipality with the education of children, and promotion of, among others, a project dedicated to food culture and education on taste.

Other organizations to sign on to the Protocol in solidarity with its content and objectives are : Stop Hunger Now - whose mission is to eliminate hunger throughout the world by providing food and aid to the most disadvantaged communities. Since 1998 it has provided more than 180 million meals to people in 65 countries; the MPS (Monte dei Paschi) Foundation, consistent with its goals of social utility in the sectors of scientific research, education, art, and health; UNIMPRESA (Unione Nazionale di Imprese [National Union of Businesses]), with its Agricultural, Craftspeople, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Trade Federations in the agricultural and food sectors
The Milan Protocol is sponsored by the BCFN Foundation, aimed at the sensitization of governments and institutions to the urgency of meeting the challenge of making the global food system truly sustainable. Born in 2013 from the idea of Barilla Foundation scientific committee, the Milan Protocol includes the opinions of 500 international experts so far.
The Milan Protocol is one of the documents that inspired the Milan Charter, a proposal for a worldwide accord to guarantee healthy, safe, and sufficient food for all, promoted by the Italian government as the heritage of Milan Expo 2015, to be sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the end of the Universal Exposition.