Through our programs, we build strategic alliances and resources that can create a safety network of systems that allow communities to be responsive to the social, cultural, ecological, and economic changes they face.
Food for Soul aims to provide basic human needs, increase well-being and accelerate opportunities for social mobility and economic growth through partnerships, programming and professional training courses.
Our programs aim to build a more sustainable and inclusive food system by increasing food access, reducing food insecurity and raising awareness around the social and environmental impacts of waste.
By building community spaces where our guests rediscover the potential of food surplus and feel that they are part of a community, Food for Soul aims to stimulate social progress, enable food solidarity and strengthen resilience. So far, in collaboration with our operating partners, we have successfully launched four Refettorios and three Social Tables worldwide.
1.34 pounds of Food Recovered
Our food model aims to reduce food loss and waste while improving food insecurity through ongoing advocacy efforts at home and as food assistance to guests in Refettorio projects around the world. We actively source imperfect and surplus ingredients from the local and regional food system, emphasizing the value of the UNESCO Mediterranean diet and Double Pyramid to support healthy diets while implementing best practices that reduce environmental impact and improve long-term sustainability.
serving over 850 thousand Guests worldwide
At the table and in communities around the world, Refettorio partners are preparing nourishing meals with hospitality and dignity, both served around a convivial table inside the iconic cultural hubs and distributed out into the community with the support of allied solidarity partners.
Guests served worldwide
We welcome individuals in situations of social vulnerability including those isolated, houseless, rough sleepers, refugees and those facing marginalization as our guests, offering a place of belonging to share the power of beauty with social inclusion.
Chefs, Culinary Apprentices & Volunteers
We celebrate the quality of ideas and share the importance of purposeful passion, compassion and empathy to create social change. Through a global Call to Act, we provide opportunities for everyone to lend their expertise, time and service that will strengthen the resilience of our communities.
Born on the occasion of the Olympics in 2016, Refettorio Gastromotiva in Rio de Janeiro has always continued to adapt its services to the needs of the community, believing that a meal served with love is able to nourish not only people but also the planet
Refettorio Geneva opens its doors to the community that needs it most with space and programming that demonstrates its commitment to celebrating the vibrant union of cultures, science, finance, and the arts within the city. Walter El Nagar, chef, and founder of Mater Foundation, the operational partner of the Refettorio, will walk us through this beautiful journey.