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Rome’s football clubs, WFP launch “Stop the Waste” campaign

Rome’s football clubs, WFP launch “Stop the Waste” campaign
Saturday 26 December , 2020
By Marwa Nassar - -

Rome’s rival football clubs – Roma and Lazio – joined hands with the World Food Program (WFP) to launch “Stop the Waste” campaign within the framework of efforts to support sustainable development goals.

Lazio players sported blue shirts emblazoned with the organization’s logo in support of WFP Italia. The drive, now in its third year, aims to raise awareness around how food waste plays into the hands of global hunger. 

Based in Rome, WFP feeds 100 million people in more than 80 countries in the face of conflict, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. 

Roma players wore their shirts in a match against Torino FC on December 17 at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, kicking off the collaboration.

Before the game, the club tweeted: “This evening we will wear a special t-shirt with WFP logo. In the next two years,  A.S. Roma football club will promote WFP through a series of joint-initiatives.”

At the same ground on December 20, it was Lazio’s turn to wear WFP-logo shirts in a match against Napoli.

WFP Deputy Executive Director Amir Abdulla said: “We welcome this initiative … which will raise awareness among the Italian public about food waste and the fight against hunger, which still affects 690 million people worldwide. Only working together as a big team—UN, governments, civil society, private sector—can hunger really be defeated.”

The two clubs were joined by Italy’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Emanuela Del Re, and Marco Lucchini, Secretary-General of Banco Alimentare, an international organization that distributes collected foods to people in need, and which is contributing to the partnership.

As part of the collaboration, players are being encouraged to advocate for healthy diets in public engagements and on social media, while pressing home the importance of reducing food waste.

The players’ shirts with the WFP Italia logo will be auctioned early next year and revenues will go to the World Food Program. In October WFP was named 2020 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. 

 

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