Carluccio’s today revealed that its fundraising for Action Against Hunger since it began supporting the global humanitarian charity 12 years ago has exceeded £2m.
The Italian restaurant group said the sum has been achieved through customer and employee-driven initiatives in an aim to provide sustainable solutions to help end the world hunger crisis.
The funds were raised by including a discretionary 50p donation on the sale of one of its best-selling dishes, Penne Giardiniera.
Carluccio’s staff have also undertaken additional fundraising activities, including running marathons and cycling the length of the UK.
Funds are currently supporting an Action Against Hunger nutrition project in Mali, where high acute malnutrition rates are cutting short thousands of young lives a year.
Since the start of the partnership, Carluccio’s has also supported Action Against Hunger projects in Liberia, Zambia, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
The partnership between Carluccio’s and Action Against Hunger began with founder Antonio Carluccio in 2007 and the chain continues to raise funds for the charity via The Antonio Carluccio Foundation, which was set up before he passed away two years ago.
As well as Action Against Hunger, it is committed to providing the resources, training and development needed by young, otherwise disadvantaged, cooks and chefs entering the hospitality industry.
Mark Jones, CEO of Carluccio’s, said: “We would like to thank all our customers for supporting Action Against Hunger and The Antonio Carluccio Foundation. We have been lucky enough to see, feel and hopefully strengthen that connection at first hand. I’m very proud of the difference we have made as a team and the generous contributions of our customers since 2007.”