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Olympics, the athletes’ food leftovers become gourmet food for the poor

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Chefs Massimo Bottura and David Hertz feed 5 thousand impoverished citizens every day. The project will continue even after the Games.

Michelin-star chefs have been repurposing leftovers from the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The great chefs have put their creativity to good use to feed approximately 5 thousand impoverished citizens every day.

Before the Olympics began, the magazine True Activist reported that the Italian chef Massimo Bottura and the Brazilian chef David Hertz intended to partner together and repurpose parts of the huge amounts of food leftover from serving athletes during the Games. The name of the project? RefettoRio Gastromotiva.

It was no easy goal to achieve, but the chefs, along with a dedicated team of professionals, have succeeded in serving approximately 5 thousand meals a day to the poor throughout the Olympics.

The British newspaper The Independent reports that impoverished residents in Brazil have been receiving the delectable leftovers from the kitchens that haven’t been used to feed the approximate 11 thousand athletes.

“RefettoRio Gastromotiva is going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted – David Herz told the agency Reuters – like ugly fruit and vegetables, or yogurt that is going to be wasted in two days if you don’t buy it. We want to fight hunger and provide access to good food”.

Even after the Olympic Games, RefettoRio Gastromotiva will continue to function as a social business. Vocational training will be offered to aspiring restaurant professionals, such as cooks, bakers, and servers so that people may learn new skills to remove themselves from poverty.

In most developed countries, between 30% and 40% of edible food is wasted. At the same time, 800 million people go hungry every day. By repurposing some of the food that would otherwise go to waste, the activists involved with Gastromotiva are trying to remedy this global problem.

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