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Massimo Bottura and his unique Food for Soul organisation are heading stateside with plans to open new kitchens that will turn food waste into delicious meals for many of America’s most needy people.
Food for Soul is a nonprofit organisation that opens soup style kitchens, they have just received a $650,000 grant from The Rockerfeller Foundation with the purpose of helping expand the project's reach with the idea of opening new kitchens in the U.S.
The first cities being considered are New York, Miami, New Orleans, and Detroit with projects expected to start in 2018 and 2019.
Food for Soul started during the World Expo in Milan. The idea is simple: take food destined for landfill and, using creativity and technique, transform it into a wonderful meal. Serve that meal in an inclusive setting, not as a charity but as any restaurant would, and watch as it helps provide food and dignity for many of the patrons.
The organisation has already opened kitchens in Italy, Brazil and, very soon, London. They have served around 15,000 dishes, cooked by a list of chefs from all over the world - chefs who happily give up their time to test their skills and create a menu for the hungry guests.
Speaking about the grant, Rajiv Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation, said: “A Food for Soul network across the U.S. will help us to feed more people with the food we have, and offer a new model for addressing urban poverty through social inclusion. It will also promote a sense of community through art and camaraderie, while offering job training. It’s a brilliant model, and I’m thrilled the Foundation is supporting this effort.”
It’s not been confirmed which city will benefit from Food for Soul kitchens but the news of the grant signifies the growing momentum of Bottura’s project.
“We are thrilled to have The Rockefeller Foundation’s support in working towards a greater and more sustainable impact,” said Bottura.