Although the Rio Olympics haven’t started yet, it looks like leftovers have already received the gold medal for service.
According to the Good News Network, the celebrity chefs who will be cooking for the Olympic athletes have decided to donate all leftovers to those in need.
Chefs at the 2016 Olympics will provide approximately 60,000 meals to athletes over the course of the games.
In preparation for the Olympic-sized feast, chefs David Hertz and Massimo Bottura estimated that there would be nearly 12 tons of food left over from the games.
Instead of going to waste, that food will now provide nearly 100 full prepared meals a day to the poor and hungry in Rio.
An empty storefront near the Olympic Village has already been converted into a food preparation and distribution location. After the games, the temporary soup kitchen will be transformed into a community center used to educate locals on food-related issues.
This is just one step in Brazil’s attempt to decrease food waste and to combat hunger in the area.
Some cities in Brazil are currently working on legislation that would require businesses to donate unsold and unused food.
“We need to empower people on the ground,” Hertz said in a statement. “They can make the change happen.”
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