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International Chefs Doing Their Part to Combat Rio's Hunger Problems

It's no secret that Rio de Janiero is faced with a lot of problems, including many hungry people. But a group of international chefs who are doing their part to combat the problem. The initiative is called "RefettoRio Gastromotiva" and was started by chefs Massimo Bottura (of Italy) and David Hertz (of Brazil.) They're taking surplus ingredients from the Olympic Village and using them to produce meals for the hungry. Using food that would otherwise be thrown out for being ugly or days from expiration, RefettoRio Gastromotiva is producing about 5,000 meals a day for people who need them.

"We want to fight hunger and produce access to good food," said Hertz.

The initiative provides vocational training for aspiring cooks, bakers, and servers. It will continue throughout the Olympics and Paralympics as a "social business."

RefettoRio Gastromotiva is a breath of fresh air in what have been dubbed "The Exclusion Games" by protesters. Extensive costs, political strife, and health crises have all been highlighted as problems facing Rio right now. So for people to go out of their way to make meals for those who would otherwise not have access, it shows that there are still good people in the world.

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