Angelo Picone lowers a wicker basket full of food to the ground on a rope, leaning over his rustic balcony, verdant with pot plants.

“If you can, put something in. If you can’t, take something out,” Picone, a Naples street artist, merrily hollers to bemused passersby in the alleyway below.
Picone’s simple message is resonating in a country trying to feed a growing number of poor during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has officially killed nearly 200 in Naples and more than 15,000 across Italy in just over a month.
It has also shattered the Mediterranean country’s economy and left millions at least temporarily unemployed. “This is a special sign of solidarity,” Picone says. “The basket is there. It ensures anonymity.”

This makes the hanging “solidarity baskets” and foldout tables laden with food — everything from bread to boxes of milk, as well as hot dishes — all the more important at one of the most surreal moments in the city’s history.

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