Amidst wars and slumping economies, we forget, there are plenty of hungry people in the world.

That’s why some nations have food stamps and soup kitchens, but Italy has taken a different approach to helping the poor.

Feed the needy 100,000 pounds of Parmigiano Reggiano.

According to the Associated Press, Italy has a growing number of underclass citizens in major cities, like Rome. And, at the same time, Parmesan cheese makers are suffering from falling prices.

So, since Parmesan is a national treasure and 85% of Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano cheese is produced and consumed in Italy. The Italian government will bail out the industry by promising to buy 3% of the annual production at market prices.

Then the cheese will be distributed to the poor under a European Union food program.

As an Italian, who doesn’t eat cheese, I find this uniquely efficient, but entirely gross.