Food Collection

25th National Food Collection Day: Grocery shopping for people in difficulty is back

UnipolSai Assicurazioni and Banco Alimentare reunited for the 25th National Food Collection Day.

The National Food Collection Day promoted by Fondazione Banco Alimentare turns 25 and will return in person after the previous edition arranged virtually with gift cards converted into food: this year it will once again be possible to physically purchase non-perishable food items for people in difficulty at all participating supermarkets.

The Food Collection will take place on Saturday 27 November 2021: 145,000 volunteers, socially distanced and with Covid passes, will invite shoppers to buy long-life products such as baby food, canned tuna and meats, rice, legumes, sauces and peeled tomatoes or biscuits at 12,000 supermarkets across the country.

The products donated will then be redistributed at 7,600 charitable organisations affiliated with Banco Alimentare (soup kitchens, communities for minors, solidarity counters, reception centres, etc.), which support almost 1,700,000 people.

Anyone who is unable to go to one of the participating stores will have the possibility to donate grocery shopping online from 29 November to 10 December on

From Sunday 28 November to Sunday 5 December 2021, the Food Collection will continue with gift cards: 2, 5 or 10 Euro cards can be purchased at supermarkets participating in the initiative or online at Donations will then be converted into food products.  

The Food Collection is the volunteer initiative with highest rate of participation, and was the first charity event of its kind a quarter of a century ago: it has raised awareness by encouraging people to make a charitable gesture towards those most in need and paved the way for similar initiatives later arranged by other organisations.

The Food Collection is the event with which Fondazione Banco Alimentare joins in the World Day of the Poor 2021 established by Pope Francis. 

To see the list of participating stores, please visit