Food Network Sensoriale Sociale (Food Network) is a research and innovation project in the Smart Living and Community area in January 2017 and scheduled for September 2020, funded by the Lombardy Region of the POR FESR 2014-2020 program – Research Agreements ‘Innovation. The project intends to build a platform to provide guidelines and technologies aimed at a functional food accessible and efficient for over 65 citizens of the Metropolitan City of Milan. The nutritional conditions of the target will be evaluated under the social, historical, psychological and medical profile and the data will be integrated with the characteristics of life in order to interpret nutritional needs.

It aims at producing new functional ingredients coming from non-edible plant matrixes combined with probiotic strains. Beneficial effects are studied to improve the immune system of elderly people affected by dysmetabolisms related to intestinal absorption and ineffective immune response.