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More than one million inflight meals saved from bin and used to feed vulnerable families

More than one million inflight meals saved from bin and used to feed vulnerable families

More than one million inflight meals have been rescued from the bin and distributed to people in need.

Social enterprise Open Kitchen Manchester took the 1.1 million frozen meals, which were sitting in a warehouse at Manchester Airport, to give out to those badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This included homeless people, families living in poverty and those who fall into the vulnerable category of people most at risk from the virus.

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Open Kitchen has been working with local businesses for the last six years to save food destined for landfill.

The organisation’s usual MO is to use that produce for its catering company, which cooks up food for corporate and social events, with any profits used to subsidise community projects with vulnerable people.

However, like many hospitality businesses, Open Kitchen has had to adapt under lockdown.

Food waste started to go through the roof and the number of people who needed our help rocketed,” founder Corin Bell tells euronews. “So the team decided to pitch in and just start cooking.

“Four weeks in and we’re producing 11,000 meals a week to support vulnerable people.”

Repurposing the airlines meals was a bigger task than they’re used to, and required the help of a local logistics company who loaned an industrial-size freezer for the job.

In the UK alone, more than 10 per cent of carbon emissions come from “perfectly edible food going to waste,” says Bell.

She warns against inexperienced people repurposing food, however, even if they are trying to help.

“If food waste isn’t handled safely by people with commercial food handling or prep experience, it could put an already-vulnerable person at risk of food poisoning,” she says.

Bell advises supporting existing local food waste projects instead.

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2/8 Apples and pears

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3/8 Chicken sandwich

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4/8 Gluten-free banana

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5/8 Mushroom sandwich

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6/8 Raw vegetables

Aegean Airways served up some raw pepper and carrot sticks as its veggie option on one flight.

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7/8 More cockroaches

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8/8 Leftovers

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1/8 Cockroach curry

A cockroach was found in an Air India breakfast meal.

Twitter/Manoj Khandekar

2/8 Apples and pears

Avianca's idea of a vegetarian meal was an apple and a pear on board one flight.

Twitter/Steve Hogarty

3/8 Chicken sandwich

Emirates served this disappointing Cajun chicken and cheese sandwich on a flight to Dubai

Paul Carlin

4/8 Gluten-free banana

Martin Pavelka was handed this banana, complete with "gluten-free" label, as his inflight meal on an ANA service from Tokyo to Sydney.

Martin Pavelka/Evening Standard

5/8 Mushroom sandwich

Oman Air's finest: presenting something approximating a mushroom sandwich on a flight to Heathrow.

Nick Boulos

6/8 Raw vegetables

Aegean Airways served up some raw pepper and carrot sticks as its veggie option on one flight.

musterknabe

7/8 More cockroaches

An Air India passenger wasn't impressed when she found this in the business class lounge.

Twitter/Harinder Baweja

8/8 Leftovers

Not everyone turns their nose up at plane food – this Urumqi flight attendant was suspended after a video of her eating leftovers went viral.

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During the coronavirus pandemic The Independent has partnered with The Felix Project for its Help The Hungry appeal.

The campaign, which launched on Friday 27 March, has raised more than £3m in a month for The Felix Project, the biggest supplier of free food in London.

The project has been operating 12 hours a day, six days a week, distributing surplus food to giant community hubs, including Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Haringey, as well as to 80 charities and schools across the capital.

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