Italy’s Homeless Would Rather Return To Streets than Eat Vegan Food

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The people of Italy have incredibly high standards when it comes to food, and that doesn’t stop when they fall on hard economic times.

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In the city of Bologna, Italy —the birthplace of the legendary Bolognese sauce –Italian TV celebrity chef Simone Salvini volunteered his services weekly local soup kitchen. It came as quite a surprise to the attendees when he decided to make them a healthy vegan meal.

This no-meat meal was not a welcome to those being served. The homeless were so angry about the lack of meat in their dinner: “some told me that they need to eat meat, and would return to the streets [if they were fed vegan food],” the chef from Tuscany told Corriere della Sera. “My staff and I are trying to cook, as best as we can, a range of healthy, organic food and vegetables.”

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Alessandro Caspoli, a monk who manages the center, maintained that the protest was peaceful, and Chef Salvini hopes to still win his critics over. The chef is currently working on a dinner menu that will be served to the homeless and refugees starting May 9th – hopefully with some more familiar ingredients thrown in.

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