Freida Pinto Makes Sure Leftover Oscars Food Wasn’t Wasted

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When the 89th Academy Awards and all the subsequent parties came to an end, there was an immaculate amount of uneaten food leftover. But for the first time in Oscars history, that leftover food didn’t go to waste, in large part because of actress Freida Pinto.

Pinto posted on Instagram that she partnered with Copia, a San Francisco-based company that works to reduce food waste, to take the leftover food from many of the biggest Oscars-related parties and deliver it to communities in need all over Los Angeles.

“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 said in an interview during the week leading up to the Oscars.

Pinto and Copia did something similar with the Independent Spirit Awards, which took place the day before the Oscars, taking the leftover food to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Pinto says 800 people were fed as a result.

Among the parties targeted by Pinto and Copia on Oscars night was the famous Governor’s Ball, which is catered by world renown chef Wolfgang Puck. Chicken pot pies and large amounts of pasta typically go uneaten at the Governor’s Ball every year, creating an unacceptable amount of wasted food.

Puck himself has been working with a charity called Chefs to End Hunger for the past six years. The charity delivers to over 2,000 locations in California, Nevada, and Arizona on a daily basis.

According to Jackie Kelly, who works as one of Puck’s executive chefs, between 15 and 30 large foil pans of food are packed up after every Oscar night and delivered to various groups the following morning.

Pinto and Copia took that concept and expanded it to include all Oscar-related events to help feed countless people in the Los Angeles area who might otherwise go hungry.

Thanks to Pinto, Copia, and others, perhaps a new and much more important Oscars tradition has been started.