FS Italiane and Grandi Stazioni support ActionAid

FS Italiane and Grandi Stazioni support ActionAid

Rome, 5 June 2015

FS Italiane, in cooperation with Grandi Stazioni, will support the ActionAid initiative “Travelling with the right to food”, a unique itinerary in stages in the main Italian railway stations to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in the world.

The main railway stations in Italy will stage entertaining activities organised by ActionAid Ambassadors regarding the right to food and wasting food throughout the summer.

This journey will kick off in Palermo Central on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June and continue in Messina from 14 to 15 June, Reggio Calabria from 20 to 21 June, Naples Central from 4 to 5 July, Rome Termini from 11 to 12 July, Turin Porta Nuova from 25 to 26 July, Genoa Piazza Principe from 8 to 9 August and Verona Porta Nuova from 5 to 6 September.

The Grandi Stazioni circuit will be the stage for a life-size version of the Game of the Goose for this occasion, with children, families and ordinary people being invited to play one weekend a month from 9am to 9pm. Special Teams of ActionAid Ambassadors will organise and follow every stage, raising the awareness of adults and children with regard to the right to food and wasting food at home and in school canteens, where this Organisation already acts in various Italian cities through a project entitled “Io Mangio Giusto” (I eat properly) aimed at improving school meals for 15 thousand children – a strategic chain in which 380 million meals are served every year for a turnover of 1.3 billion euros and involving 10 million Italians.

The activities offered include the chance of taking a selfie with a wooden spoon with a hole – symbol of the “Operation Hunger” campaign used to illustrate how useless this tool is with respect to the scarcity of food - to post on FB and twitter with its relative hashtag.

ActionAid is an independent international organisation operating in over 40 countries alongside poorer communities to fight hunger and injustice. The organisation has supported communities in the southern hemisphere to guarantee better living conditions and respect for fundamental rights for over 40 years. In fact, 842 million people – which is more than the populations of USA, Europe and Canada put together – suffer from acute hunger; 98% of those who suffer from hunger live in the southern hemisphere and 171 million children suffer from malnutrition. ActionAid develops its projects taking into account the needs and priorities of local communities and promotes sustainable and lasting development.

The work carried out by ActionAid in the field involves around 15 million people through 800 projects developed in cooperation with 2000 local organisations in almost 50 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia.