Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) Indonesia – a food rescue charity – recently delivered the highly consumable remnants of Michelin Star Meals to Bali’s needy.
On Saturday, 28 August 2020, Bali’s highly-lauded fine-dining venue of Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique hosted a sold-out six-hand seven-course degustation event prepared by three internationally-renowned chefs hailing from Michelin-Starred eateries. The 7-course menu showcased signature dishes prepared by Chefs Chris Salans, Justin Mauté, and Gildas Périn.
In his capacity as an SOS Ambassador, Chef Chris Salans joined efforts with the food rescue group to ensure no unnecessary food wastage occurred by allowing them to gather pre and post-even surplus food for Bali’s hungry.
Since 2017, SOS has “rescued” excess foods from hotels, retailers, and restaurants to be recycled to Bali’s growing list people in need of sustenance assistance. With an estimated 100 hotels and numerous restaurants closed due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, many of the once dependable food donations have disappeared.
To feed Bali’s hungry, SOS has created alternative programs such as:
- “Cook for SOS” – where restaurants prepare donated food.
- “SOS Community Fridge” with refrigerators in 11 locations to allow individuals to donate nutritious food.
- A program operated in cooperation with regional governments in Bali using SOS Cool Chain Technology to deliver tons of food that sometimes equated to 100,000 meals a day.
The largest COVID-related undertaking to date has been an “SOS Rescue Kitchen.” Coordinating a logistics operation on a massive scale, 30-40 volunteers from the Bali Mobile Police Brigade (Brimob), W Hotel staffer, workers from The Marriot Group, members of the Peduli Kemanusian Foundation, ladies and gentlemen from The Ritz-Carlton Bali, Potato Head Restaurant staff, and individual participants joined SOS staffers to cook some 2,500 meals daily.
Bo H. Holmgreen, a founder of SOS International, said: “We realized this is not the typical urgent five-day rice-feeding exercise after an earthquake or volcanic eruption as we have seen in the past. This is a long-term crisis, with 80% of the hospitality industry’s now jobless or furloughed. This is a long-term disaster, and we see hunger at levels we haven’t witnessed before. Thus, we need good nutrition urgently to help immune systems guard against the virus, both here and in Thailand. I never thought that those of us working in SOS would be cooking at this level, but now we are preparing over 100,000 meals so far, urgently distributed by our cooling trucks with the help of police cars.”
Continuing, Holmgreen said: “Generosity from many in Bali helps keep the costs down, and from time to time, we excel in serving great nutrition. We have served thousands of meals with donated Wagyu beef, and now many recipients will enjoy elegant Mozaic event foods!”
SOS for SOS – More Food Needed!
With no end to the COVID-19 crisis in sight, Bali’s hunger is approaching levels unseen since WWII. Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) Indonesia needs more food ingredients. For information on how to donate, visit the Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) Website Link to Donate to SOS – Scholars of Sustenance
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