For the first time since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic Italians are also forced to cut food spending, which falls by 5.5%. This is what emerges from the Coldiretti analysis disclosed on the occasion of the dissemination of Istat data on retail trade in February 2021. It is – underlines Coldiretti – an abrupt turnaround after the food sector was the sector that had best resisted to the crisis with an increase in retail sales also determined by the longer time spent at home by Italians in lockdown.

Now the worsening of the crisis – specifies Coldiretti – directly affects the essential consumption of families starting from food. Food sales in all types of shops fell in February compared to last year, from large-scale distribution (-6.1%) to small shops ((-2.9%) to even discount stores (-1.5%) This is the dramatic effect of the presence in Italy of 5.6 million people in absolute poverty, one million more than last year, with the negative record since the beginning of the century according to Coldiretti’s analysis of Istat data.

Among the new poor – underlines Coldiretti – there are those who have lost their jobs, small traders or artisans who have had to close, people employed in the underground who do not enjoy particular subsidies or public aid and have no savings set aside, as well as many fixed-term workers or with occasional activities that have been stopped by the limitations made necessary by the spread of infections for Covid. Precisely for this reason, “to bring serenity to the tables of 20 thousand families, the initiative promoted by Coldiretti, Filiera Italia and Campagna Amica was born with the participation of the most important economic and social realities of the country with the offer of a package of over 50 kilos. with 100% Made in Italy products “.

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