Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we went to one of the top 10 bars in the world for a drink and a bite to eat. The Sky Bar is on the 33rd floor of the Swiss Hotel in Moscow, Russia and has the most amazing view over this wonderful city of 14.5 million people.
The food was gorgeous and the champagne went down a treat and then while eating and drinking and looking down over the city I felt like I could not swallow. I just could not get the foie gras down and the bubbly did not help the cause. Strange, on our way there Chris all of a sudden said: “What will happen if all the food that was wasted by restaurants and households could be channelled to all the places and areas where people go hungry and are starving”? Well the answer is actually rather simple…….hunger and starvation would be something of the past.
Now I do know that there are a lot of restaurants that donate their leftover food to soup kitchen where it can be dispersed to the starving and the hungry and I am so grateful for them doing that. But maybe again, we should not be the ones to say….”All these businesses and all these people with money can really start doing something to help those people that are starving”, maybe we should say that I will start by doing something, I will try and make a difference, I will start by feeding one person and one animal per week and from there I will make sure that I improve the number of starving that I help. My piece of chicken and slice of bread that I would have thrown away will now go into a little container and that will stay next to my handbag and tomorrow when I go out to pick up the kids and do some shopping I will drop it off at the person sitting next to the road.
Why is it that we can recycle paper, plastic and glass but we cannot have a little container for all the “scraps” from our dinner table? Is this maybe the way to go, recycling food one house at a time? Why not, it makes perfect sense. That’s it…..this is what I will do.
Unfortunately I am currently living in a country where I cannot speak or understand the language. However I will start from tonight, to save all the leftover food and buy an extra loaf of bread whenever I go shopping and I will visit my neighbourhood park where I know there are a lot of homeless people. You do not need to know or understand the language to feed a hungry tummy, you just need a hand and a smile.
We are relocating to the UK very soon and there I will continue my promise of tonight and I will also ask my neighbour to do the same. I will ask them to place all there leftovers in a container, that I will supply, and I will collect it from them every day. (They can even leave it at the garden gate each morning and I will pick it up there). From there I will make sure that at least one hungry person and one hungry animal per day receive something to eat. First me and one neighbour and from there I will make sure that the Food Recycling circle grows wider each month.
I have, unfortunately not the power or the knowledge to stop hunger in countries like Ethiopia, but I do have the power and the knowledge to start in my own home and try to influence the people around me. Want to join The PaperCup Food Recycling Dream? Then do not just recycle plastic, paper and glass but make sure your little container is fed with all the lovely leftovers from your kitchen.
Come on people, it must be this easy to fight hunger in the world like this. We can make it this easy!!
Photos: Africa, nuttalat and thephotoholic.