Freida Pinto helped feed hundreds with leftover Oscars food

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Thanks to a group initiative and the help of one inspiring actress, the large amounts of leftover food from this year's Oscars ceremony did not go to waste.

Freida Pinto, actress, activist and Global Citizen Ambassador, teamed up with Copia - a San Francisco-based company that uses technology to reduce waste and feed communities in need - to ensure all those leftover appetizers, desserts and salmon dishes from the 89th Academy Awards after parties went to good use.

According to an Instagram post from Pinto, she and Copia worked with some of the most popular Oscars after parties to deliver this year's leftover food to various Los Angeles communities in need.

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The donations included food from the exquisite Governor's Ball after party, a feast prepared for the last twenty three years by Wolfgang Puck. It included everything from potatoes with caviar, braised short ribs, chicken pot pie, Oscar-shaped matzo crackers with smoked salmon, gold-dusted popcorn and more.

2017 Oscars' red carpet

  • Jackie Chan.
  • Photo: Michael Yada, A.M.P.A.S.
  • Shivering weather greeted celebrities on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday but cloudy skies and the threat of rain failed to dampen spirits ahead of the movie industry's biggest night.
  • American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.
  • Andrew Garfield, who is nominated for Hacksaw Ridge.
  • "Loving" supporting actress nominee Ruth Negga was also among the early arrivals in Hollywood.
  • Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars.
  • Actress Hailee Steinfeld poses on the red carpet.
  • Singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen.
  • Actress Teresa Palmer.
  • Model Karlie Kloss on the red carpet.
  • Actress Taraji P. Henson, who starred in Best Picture nominated Hidden Figures, wore a navy off-the-shoulder velvet gown.
  • Kirsten Dunst. Photo: Mike Baker, A.M.P.A.S.
  • US actress and singer Janelle Monae poses as she arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Leslie Mann. Photo: Mike Baker, A.M.P.A.S.
  • Actor Dev Patel and guest.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "La La Land" Ryan Gosling arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Manchester By The Sea" Michelle Williams arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling "A Man Called Ove" Eva von Bahr and Love Larson arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Short Film (Live Action) "La Femme Et le TGV" Timo von Gunten and Giacun Caduff arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Music (Original Song) "Can't Stop The Feeling" from Trolls Justin Timberlake and his wife US actress Jessica Biel arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Documentary Feature "Fire At Sea" Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominees for Best Documentary Short "The White Helmets" Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California
  • Nominee for Best Director "Arrival" Denis Villeneuve arrives with a guest on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actor "Moonlight" Mahershala Ali arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor in "Manchester By The Sea" Casey Affleck poses as he arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actor "Hell or High Water" Jeff Bridges (R) and Susan Geston arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Fences" Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Supporting Actress "Moonlight" Naomie Harris arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Documentary Feature "13th" Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "Hacksaw Ridge" Andrew Garfield arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Teresa Palmer arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Sofia Boutella arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Aldis Hodge arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Raphaela Neihausen arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Brianna Perez arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California
  • Auli'i Cravalho arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Actress Halle Berry arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Taraji P. Henson arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Short Film (Live Action) "Timecode" Juanjo Giménez (R) and his guest arrive on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Visual Effects "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" Mohen Leo (L) arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.
  • Nominee for Best Actor "Fences" Denzel Washington arrives on the red carpet with his wife Pauletta for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California.

"Our aim is to ensure that no one goes hungry in our film and TV town of Los Angeles by recovering leftover foods from all of our big parties and events," Pinto told Vanity Fair in February, explaining that the "no food waste" initiative was one of the main perks of being an Academy member.

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As Salon reported, Jackie Kelly, one of Puck's executive chefs in charge of Oscar prep and execution explained that the chef has been working with the charity organisation, Chefs to End Hunger, for the past six years.

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"Right around 11 at night, when we know it's starting to slow down, and the celebrities have moved on, we take a look at what we have left," Kelly told Salon.

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