The world's top athletes have come together to compete in Rio de Janeiro. But beyond the magnificent arenas, the newly-built Olympic village, and the lavish celebrations, there is a different reality on the streets of Brazil.
The country is in the midst of an economic crisis, and thousands of Brazilian people are living in hunger and poverty.
And this dire situation has brought the Italian chef Massimo Bottura and his colleague, Brazilian Chef David Hertz, to enact an initiative that is now winning praise around the world.
When over 11,000 athletes push their abilities to the limit, an enormous amount of food is needed to fuel their efforts. And unfortunately, that also means that a lot of food is thrown away. But instead of allowing perfectly good fruits and vegetables to go to waste, world-famous chefs Massimo Bottura and David Hertz came up with an idea.
In order to tackle Brazil's hunger problem, the two chefs are turning the Olympic village's leftover food supplies into meals for Rio's poor and homeless population.
The project, called Refettorio Gastromotiva, serves 5,000 meals a day made with food that would have otherwise gone straight into the trash.
“[We're] going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted, 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.” chef David Hertz to Reuters told The Independent.
And best part about it is that the project will continue after the Olympics!
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