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Factsheet for case IT-2020-14/531 Updated – measures in Italy

Urgent measures of food solidarity

Misure urgenti di solidarietà alimentare

Country Italy , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 30 March 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Measures to prevent social hardship
– Provision of services in kind (e.g. food vouchers)
Author Lisa Dorigatti (University of Milan) and Eurofound
Case created 13 April 2020 (updated 14 September 2021)

Background information

The order of the Head of the Civil Protection Department No. 658 of the 29 March 2020 approved the allocation of €400 million to the municipalities to cover urgent measures of food solidarity in the form of direct provision to citizens in need of food products and staple products or vouchers for their purchase. This measure was undertaken as a response to the economic situation resulting from the consequences of the COVID-19 emergency and the lack of other economic support for some segments of the population.

Content of measure

The measure was finalized to support people and families in a situation of financial distress due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 emergency. The funds aim at providing municipalities with the resources needed for the supply of food and staple products to people in need. More in detail, the measure has been implemented by means of direct provisions taken by the municipalities or the issuing of vouchers to be expended in selected shops. The criteria for the selection of the beneficiaries are individuated through an ordinance by the single municipalities. The local government level is responsible also to define the concrete modalities of distribution.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

06 September 2021

The measure does not have a specific end date, but is is based on a limited amount of funds and it is no longer been refinanced.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Local / regional government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


Social partners were not involved in the decision making process.

Views and reactions




Eurofound (2020), Urgent measures of food solidarity, case IT-2020-14/531 (measures in Italy), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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