While chefs are busy cooking up some 46,000 pounds of food each day for the athletes at Olympic Village, tens of millions of people in Rio continue to live below the poverty line, protesting in recent weeks for their government to prioritize education, healthcare, and infrastructure over swimming, gymnastics, and basketball.
Still, despite the political and socioeconomic issues plaguing Rio this summer, the 2016 Summer Olympics have stumbled along this month as Michael Phelps went on to win his 21st gold medal, and Carmelo Anthony led Team USA basketball to yet another victory.
But amid this startling gap in wealth and supplies, Massimo Bottura—the Italian chef whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana, was named the best in the world this year—has taken it upon himself to help feed Rio's poor with food left over from the 11,000 athletes at Olympic Village, according to ABC News.
Named RafettoRio Gastromotiva, the initiative is a collaboration with Brazilian chef David Hertz, and will tap a team of international cooks in order to prepare meals from "non-manipulated ingredients" for Rio's poor.
"[The project will] offer food and dignity to people in situations of social vulnerability," the City of Rio said in a statement.
Rio will also provide a building for Bottura, Hertz, and their team to use in the city's center, and the project will glean supplies not only from the Olympics, but also the Paralympic Games, the Olympic Media Center, and other workers associated with the 2016 games.
RafettoRio Gastromotiva is modeled similarly to Refettorio Ambrosiano, Bottura’s 2015 project which transformed a dilapidated theater into a restaurant and education center for refugees during the Milan World Expo.
[via ABC News]