Over 800 people didn't go hungry for a night thanks to Freida Pinto. The Slumdog Millionaire star teamed up with organisation Copia to ensure that all of the leftover food from Sunday's Oscars was donated to those in need. Hundreds of hungry people were treated to the same feast as guests who attended the Governor's Ball afterparty, with a delicious menu of over 65 dishes created by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.
Freida took to Instagram ahead of the 89th Academy Awards to announce the initiative, sharing a photo in which she is posing on the red carpet alongside a poster highlighting that this would mark the first time all of the surplus food would not be wasted and instead be put towards a good cause.
Freida Pinto and Copia teamed up to ensure leftover food from the Oscars was donated to those in need
"So excited to be kicking off Oscar weekend with this fantastic initiative," the 32-year-old captioned the image. "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 Oscars menu was created by Wolfgang Puck
No doubt the food would have been delicious – chef Wolfgang Puck has been creating the Oscars menu for over twenty years and this year once again upped the ante with bite-sized fine dining. Canapés included everything from mini pot pies to sushi, while there were mouthwatering mains such as sweet pea falafel and hummus, Korean steak tartare, a baked macaroni and cheese and even spaghetti squash and herb vinaigrette. The desserts were equally decadent: gold-dusted popcorn, chocolates shaped by Oscars statuettes and mini eclairs were just some of the treats on offer.
Copia shared photos of the hundreds of people helping themselves to the delicious dishes
It comes as no surprise that Freida teamed up with Copia. The organisation uses technology to make it easy to save money, reduce waste and help to feed communities. Their 'Eat Like A Star' campaign has caused a buzz on social media, with many fans asking how they can get involved and create similar programmes in their own communities.