The purpose of this paper is to examine the case of the Italian Food Bank Foundation, highlighting how ongoing global and European challenges are pushing the organization to adapt and change. The paper aims to identify the new role that the Italian Food Bank should play in response to these new challenges.
A case study was developed. Data were collected through the combination of a survey and in depth interviews with people working for the organization.
Although the Food Bank has done a lot to improve its delivery of food aid and to respond to changing needs, it appears that the organization has not pursued a clearly defined strategy, and thus it should adopt a strategic mindset.
The paper provides details on the Italian Food Bank and the importance of adaptation to and management of change. Moreover this is the first attempt to describe the work of the Fondazione Banco Alimentare Onlus for an international readership.
The authors would like to thank Mr Marco Lucchini, General Director of the FBAO, and his staff for the invaluable support and availability. However, the views expressed herein are those of the authors based on collected data. Furthermore, to confirm that this topic is extremely dynamic and of primary interest at European level, after the acceptance of this paper the first funds of FEAD have been delivered to EU member states and new strategies have been planned by the FBAO. Updates and recent statistics can be retrieved at: www.bancoalimentare.it/
Santini, C. and Cavicchi, A. (2014), "The adaptive change of the Italian Food Bank foundation: a case study", British Food Journal, Vol. 116 No. 9, pp. 1446-1459. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-06-2014-0201Download as .RIS
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