A real and immediate solution to meet the basic needs of Italian families who have been hit by the economic crisis generated by the lengthy lockdown due to COVID-19: this is the honourable initiative launched by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, which places 700.000 euro at the disposal of seven cities in Southern Italy to be distributed in food vouchers, thanks to the generous vision of the Chairman, Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, who has always been sensitive to the needs of the most vulnerable classes of society.
Fondazione Terzo Pilastro, on the strength of its experience in solidarity at an international level intends to refocus its solidary action on the benefit for families in difficulty in order to ensure meals and basic household provisions – in pursuit of its mission to aid the vulnerable social classes – has allocated 100.000 euro each to Naples, Cosenza, Reggio Calabria, Palermo, Trapani, Enna and Agrigento to purchase food vouchers worth € 30 each to be distributed to families through local organisations.
The contributions shall be disbursed according to the instructions established in protocols that will be signed as of this week directly with the municipalities and the Mayors concerned, in order to distribute the money for the food vouchers through the procedures initiated by the individual local authorities that ensure the highest level of transparency and traceable payments as well as locating the needy families, paying particular attention to the inclusivity factor.
The lockdown has in fact amplified the weakness of the country’s economy and social fabric – which are even more evident and pervasive in Southern Italy where the production system is particularly fragile – leaving entire families deprived of income a d with uncertain or even no prospects in serious difficulty and the measures adopted by the government –regrettably, as yet, not easily accessible – do not meet their needs.
The Chairman of Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele declared, “With this important solidarity initiative Fondazione Terzo Pilastro intends to materially support the most vulnerable classes of society, in a region like Southern Italy, rich in history and beauty yet unfortunately and objectively in trouble from an economic point of view. Upon my precise directives the Foundation beside the local institutions and in full compliance with Article 118 of the Italian Constitution, will ensure meals and basic household provisions for individuals and families in difficulty, in the hope of mitigating in part the devastating effects of the economic crisis ensuing from the public health emergency on our society and production system. This is a duty of the private non-profit organisations, which have always been attentive to the needs of poor people, which the Foundation effectively represents.”