Amid a nation-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Italians are lowering baskets of food from their balconies to help those who are struggling with the ongoing pandemic in harsher conditions.
According to The Guardian, people in Naples have been filling bread baskets with food items like pasta, tomatoes and legumes and hanging them from their balconies, inviting the poor and the homeless to take what they need.
According to the local reports, the initiative, known as “Panaro solidale”, was started by a man named Angelo Picone.
In Naples, people are starting to hang baskets from balconies for less fortunates who can't work due the lockdown. The sign says "if you can, put something inside. If you can't, take something". It's called "supportive basket" and it's based off an ancient tradition of the city. pic.twitter.com/RCxViTFkgb
— Tom (@tommiwtf) March 30, 2020
A Twitter user shared photos of the baskets along with a translation of the sign that accompanies them. The sign reads, “If you can, put something inside. If you can’t, take something.”