Casa do Zezinho, an NGO with a focus on low-income areas, raised financial support in Brazil through “Half for Happiness”, a campaign run in partnership with two supermarket chains. Customers in the supermarket were given the opportunity to buy half-size fresh food products at full price, with 50% going to Casa do Zezinho. The supermarkets collaborated on timing, provided food, took care of quality standards, transportation and storage throughout the process. Foods were cut in half, processed and packaged with the help of children. Products on supermarket shelves were displayed without any other communication reinforcement. At the end of each cycle of the campaign, the donations were recorded and handed by the supermarket chain to the Casa do Zezinho.
The response was pleasing. Consumers were impressed with the unusual approach, remarking on what they’d learned about how little things can go a long way. A third supermarket chain joined the campaign. Donations to Casa do Zezinho went up 28% compared to the previous year. The campaign won a Silver Outdoor Lion at Cannes International Festival of Creativity 2011.
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The Half for Happiness campaign was developed at AlmapBBDO, Sao Paulo, by chief creative officer Marcello Serpa, creative director Luiz Sanches, copywriter Fabio Ozorio, art directors Renato Fernandez, Daniel Manzi and Vinicius Sousa, account team Marina Fernandes and Cristina Chacon, working with Zezinho staff Dagmar Garroux and Célia Fernandes. Media was planned by Paulo Camossa Jr. and Laerte Brandão.
Filming was shot by director Fábio Benvenuti via Ragna Produções, photographer Richard Stefano, producers Vera Jacinto, Gabriel Dagostini, Thiago Bueno. Sound and music were produced at RAW Produtora de Áudio. Narrator was Gabriel Fayad. Editor was Maria Fernanda.