The restaurant is sponsored by local charity organizations; from now on till the end of the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games in Brazil, the poor people will be able to grab a bite for free.
The food is actually the leftovers of what athletes and cooks considered too much and unnecessary. According to David Gertz, one of the project’s initiators, the project aims to fight extravagance. ‘I learned that every day, 120 vans with food leave the food factories and reach the athletes in the Olympic village. But 20 of those vans get back, and then, their contents are destroyed. Fighting extravagancy is one of our targets; another one is fighting hunger, since we will provide people with nice food’, he said.
The right for a free meal will be granted to the needy people who receive assistance from the local NGOs.
Gertz expressed confidence that his restaurant’s visitors will get even better food than that cooked for the athletes in the Olympic village. Lately, many athletes complained about the badly cooked and monotone food.