Indian actress of Hollywood fame, Frieda Pinto took a food drive in her stride at the Oscars and fed around 800 homeless people by saving and utilising the food from post-event parties of the mega event.
There was something other than the crème de la crème of the cinema business making global headlines at the Oscars this year.
It was the initiative of Indian actress Frieda Pinto towards utilising the leftover food from the parties organised over the weekend following the Oscars and feeding it to around 800 homeless people.
Spearheaded by Pinto, the initiative was made successful in collaboration with Copia, an organisation that uses technology to tackle food waste.
Copia charges companies a flat fee to collect and redistribute excess food to charities in need in the areas close to the venues.
It was on her Instagram account that the actress claimed of having fed 800 homeless people.
Reports also say that food was distributed at an LGBT centre in the same community La La Land was set, a few miles from the awards ceremony venue.
“So excited to be kicking off Oscar weekend with this fantastic initiative. This year #Copia and I team up with some of Oscar weekends biggest parties to recover excess food and deliver it to communities most in need in Los Angeles. #zerowaste #zerohunger Because this food is too good to be wasted. Thank you Women in Film for your incredible support @hellomikeamico.” the actress wrote on her Instagram.
Pinto who has mainly appeared in American and British films rose to Hollywood fame with the Academy Award winning Slumdog Millionare.
With this initiative of hers, she made it to Hollywood headlines again with the international press talking about her campaign.
“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 the press.
The actress was able to save plates full of luxurious food which included golden baked potatoes with caviar, Oscar shaped salmon and gold dusted popcorn.
These along with chicken pot pie and pasta, which according to information by insider chefs, are usually left uneaten were distributed amongst the needy.
However this isn’t the first time that someone has come upfront and taken such an initiative.
Top chef Wolfgang Puck, who has been leading the food catering at the Oscar events for the last 23 years has himself been involved with similar projects working with organisations like End Hunger, a nonprofit that redistributes excess party food.