, many of the 129 hotels in Benidorm, a popular seaside resort in the Valencian Community in Spain, waste significant amounts of food which they prepare for their clients and which is not consumed.
With the current economic crisis in Spain, many families are going hungry in the area every day. Now one hotel is determined to try and do something about the situation.
From Monday next week, leftover food that would otherwise go directly into the trash, will be used to feed hungry families in the area.
The Hotel Regente
in Benidorm, part of the Playa Med Group, has contacted the "Plataforma Solidaridad Marina Baixa" in order to provide food that is not consumed in the restaurant to people suffering from the economic crisis.
As the first property
in the city that has decided to step forward in this regard, this coming Monday, eight households, with an average of four family members, selected by the platform, will begin to receive daily meals prepared in the kitchen of the hotel, and leftover as surplus from the restaurant's buffet, according to José Miguel Bella of the platform.
"We realize that more and more families are in need in Benidorm, and every day in a hotel there is much food left over that can be put to good use, therefore we had the idea," said Paul Villamediana, director of the Hotel Regente and one of the promoters of the initiative.
Villamediana explained that the platform will coordinate the distribution and choose the families to which a "tupperware" of hot food will be delivered.
"We can help alleviate some bad times that many people are experiencing and that is our goal," said the director.
Although some tourist establishments in the city collaborate in one way or another, the Regente is the first to offer to donate their surplus restaurant food.
"We have taken the step, but the important thing would be for other hotels to join the initiative and that could create a good chain. Everyone should be aware of the situation and get involved as far as possible," added Villamediana.
While the agreement with the Hotel Regente is in place to distribute the surplus food, the project needs to go a little further. Members of the platform will be asking the City Council for the use of a municipal building where the food rations can be delivered to the families.
"This hotel has given us their full cooperation, but we are doing a role that should cover the whole city. We have volunteers, but we need a place where we can work," said José Miguel Bella.
Some of the volunteers will now be attending a food handling course in order to meet all health requirements. The next target is to export this idea to other municipalities in the region.