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Olympic Village Surplus Food, All 12 Tons, Going to Rio's Needy

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David Hertz, left, and Massimo Bottura. (Twitter@davidhertz; Serena Campanini/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:23 AM

Surplus food from the Olympic Village is going to needy people in Rio de Janeiro.

The initiative, RefettoRio Gastromotiva, aims to provide about 5,000 nutritious meals per day for homeless and others in need, Reuters reported. It is led by chefs David Hertz of Brazil and Massimo Bottura of Italy.

"RefettoRio Gastromotiva is going to work only with ingredients that are about to be wasted ... like ugly fruit and vegetables, or yoghurt that is going to be wasted in two days if you don't buy it," Hertz said.

"We want to fight hunger and provide access to good food," he added.

The initiative will continue after the Games with every meal bought at the restaurant helping a person in need, Reuters reported. Hertz hope the idea will spread to other Olympic host cities in the future.

"For now it's still only a dream. We need strategic partners to make this happen. It seems amazing but we need investors," he told Reuters.

The city is supporting the initiative by providing a building for the restaurant for the next 10 years, ABC News reported.

The idea was inspired by Refetterio Ambrosiano, an initiative Bottura led during the Milan World Expo in 2015, when 65 international chefs cooked meals with food that would otherwise go to waste.

RefettoRio Gastromotiva is expected to divert 12 tons of food that would otherwise be destined for waste during the 16 days of the Olympics, The Huffington Post reported.

Along with using food donated by Olympic caterers, the initiative will take surplus food from sponsors and grocery stores.

More than 30 guest chefs have signed up to help and will create meals based on whatever ingredients are available to them. RefettoRio also will host cooking and nutrition classes.

Bottura is the chef/owner of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, which was named the top restaurant in the world by World’s 50 Best, food website Eater noted.

"The project is important since it deals with sustainable food and fighting waste, which is a global scale issue," Tania Braga, head of sustainability and legacy on the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, told Eater. "We incentivize our suppliers to donate their surplus ingredients to the ReffetoRio Gastromotiva."

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