Social Tables Antoniano
Via Guinizelli 3 – 40125 Bologna
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Social Tables Antoniano was opened to expand the activities of an existing community kitchen in Bologna and serve nutritious meals cooked with surplus ingredients to families in situations of social vulnerability.
Eager to engage with a smaller local reality, In May 2016 Food for Soul partnered with the Antoniano Onlus, a non-profit organisation from Bologna, to expand the services offered by its community kitchen.
Designer Francesco Faccin from Slow Wood and a team of architects from the Studio Lucchi & Biserni transformed the old community kitchen into a friendly dining area creating a welcoming place for families and children to feel comfortable and at ease.
Thanks to the food surplus donated by local supermarkets, producers and artisans, every Monday night the new Social Tables Antoniano welcomes families with children who live in situations of social vulnerability and offers them a three-course dinner service cooked entirely by our staffed cook Jhonny. The dishes are served to the guests by a team of volunteers from the local community, who have helped create, thanks to their energy and positivity, a welcoming and joyful atmosphere.
Twice a month, we also invite professional chefs from the province of Bologna to volunteer in the kitchen and help Jhonny and his team with the preparation of the meals, sharing their skills and creativity with the staff of the Social Tables Antoniano, and helping us raise awareness in the community on the issues of food waste and social isolation.
Refettorio Gastromotiva celebrates its fourth birthday, and to demonstrate the enormous impact that the project is still having on the community, we retraced their steps together, highlighting how every day they continue to fully embrace our founding principles.
The team at Refettorio Gastromotiva is happy to welcome Danielle, professional nutritionist and valuable volunteer! Danielle has been helping the staff of the Refettorio to create nutritionally balanced lunch boxes for the guests, from the elaboration of the menu to their portioning. Today she told us a little about herself and her role in helping the Refettorio build a healthier food system for everyone.
Inspired by Food for Soul and its mission, three London-based young students decided to support their community during the COVID-19 pandemic by baking and donating hundreds of pizzas to front-line workers and people in situations of vulnerability - including Refettorio Felix, their guests, staff and volunteers.