Thanks to a group initiative and the help of one inspiring actress, the large amounts of leftover Food from this year's Oscars ceremony did not go to waste.
Freida Pinto, actress, activist and Global Citizen Ambassador, teamed up with Copia — a San Francisco-based company that uses technology to reduce waste and feed communities in need — to ensure all those leftover appetizers, desserts and salmon dishes from the 89th Academy Awards after parties went to good use.
According to an Instagram post from Pinto, she and Copia worked with some of the most popular Oscars after parties to deliver this year's leftover food to various Los Angeles communities in need.
The donations included food from the exquisite Governor's Ball after party, a feast prepared for the last twenty three years by Wolfgang Puck. It included everything from potatoes with caviar, braised short ribs, chicken pot pie, Oscar-shaped matzo crackers with smoked salmon, gold-dusted popcorn and more.
"Our aim is to ensure that no one goes hungry in our film and TV town of Los Angeles by recovering leftover foods from all of our big parties and events," Pinto told Vanity Fair in February, explaining that the "no food waste" initiative was one of the main perks of being an Academy member.
As Salon reported, Jackie Kelly, one of Puck's executive chefs in charge of Oscar prep and execution explained that the chef has been working with the charity organization, Chefs to End Hunger, for the past six years.
"Right around 11 at night, when we know it’s starting to slow down, and the celebrities have moved on, we take a look at what we have left," Kelly told Salon. "The short ribs we expect to be left over, because people only take a little bite. The chicken pot pie is always left over, and pasta."
On Monday, Pinto also shared an Instagram collage featuring a photograph of herself at the 2017 Sprit Awards in February. In the caption, she explained that over 800 people have been fed thus far as a result of the Copia partnership.
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