Three hundred and twenty volunteers have done 6,370 shopping trips, bringing 60 tonnes of food and basic goods to more than 3,000 households, at an average rate of over 100 deliveries a day. Those are the figures so far for ‘Milano Aiuta’ (‘Milan helps’), a service run by EMERGENCY and the municipal council of Milan to deliver basic goods to old people, sufferers of immunosuppression and the most vulnerable in society, forced to stay at home to keep their movements to a minimum.
The service was launched on 13 March after an appeal by the council and will come to an end in a few days. The project has involved 320 volunteers from EMERGENCY and Brigate Volontarie per l’Emergenza. Every day, with the help of SOS Milano and SOS Lambrate, they have delivered food, medicine and prescriptions to people who can’t get to their GPs.
In April, EMERGENCY and Brigate handed out over 100,000 masks to about 20,000 households. The masks were donated by Chinese people in the Milan area and delivered to people in council housing, named by the council itself. We also gave 100 hot meals to poor and vulnerable people, for whom going about is a risk, all over the city, with the help of the council and the cooperative Gustop.
EMERGENCY has begun similar projects in the cities of Venice, Piacenza and Catania.