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Prague serves food "for a thousand" in waste-saving initiative

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Prague serves food "for a thousand" in waste-saving initiative
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Hundreds of people packed out Wenceslas Square in the Czech capital Prague for a free meal event called “Feast for a Thousand”.

The dishes were made from donations provided by supermarkets and restaurants, via the city’s Food Bank.

The initiative aims to find uses for food that is usually thrown away because it is reaching its expiry date.

Organiser Petr Hamzel explained: “This action is meant to draw attention to the problem of wasting food, which isn’t discussed much despite being a global problem.”

Supermarket MAKRO has been cooperating with the Food Bank in Prague since 2009.

MAKRO spokesperson Katerina Pistorova explained: “This means that goods that are close to their consumption date are saved for people in need instead of being thrown away.”

The United Nations estimates that 300 million tons of still-consumable food is wasted globally every year.