Eating the right nutritional balance keeps us healthy, alive and our bodies functioning at their best. Variety, vitamins, nutrients and fibre all help to fuel the body, yet, men and women most in need of good nutrition on the streets of Rome usually eat a very restrictive diet, often being served pasta with tomato sauce or minestrone every day of the week.
Project Rome ONLY cooks food that we would to serve to our children, our friends, ourselves. We cook with fresh vegetables bought from local growers, or grown in the Project Rome Vegetable Garden. We use meat from Lazio butchers, we combine them into a nutritious stew, served with oven potatoes, sprinkled with olive oil, salt and cheese, and with rice for slow-burning sustenance.
Despite the high nutritional value and good quality ingredients that go into our `Magic Stew’, devised by Project Rome co-founder Stephen Barnes, we can produce each meal for around 80 cents per serving. This comes to a total of around 800 euros / month, to serve c.1000 meals. We are self-funding, we have limited income, no state or charitable support, and rely on generosity of others and our fund-raising events.
To help us make our funds go further, please download and print a poster, and set up a food collection point in your school, your office, your place of work, in local bars and restaurants and throughout February help us to collect the staple items that we use all the time.
We need Pasta, Potatoes, Olive oil, Canned tomatoes, Rice (Thai par-boiled preferred), Pulses / farro / lentils / orzo, Vegetable stock cubes, Jars of passata, plastic plates (deep), Plastic cups, Plastic spoons, Serviettes.
Promotional posters and publicity for collection points can be downloaded from the images below, but please feel free to add your organisation’s logo and branding. Or you can download the posters as a PDF.
According to nutritionist Katie Hipwell, “A diet consisting mostly of pasta and tomato sauce is nutritionally very poor. White refined pasta is full of fast releasing carbohydrates and processed tomato sauce is high in sugar, salt, saturated fat and preservatives. It contains minimal amounts of protein and healthy fats which can lead to unstable blood sugar levels, increased levels of hunger and low energy. The lack of fruit and vegetables in a diet like this can result in vitamin and mineral deficiencies and increase susceptibility to illnesses. Project Rome’s stew is far more nutritionally balanced and protein rich, with high-fibre grains, beans and locally sourced vegetables which provides much greater levels of nutrition.”