Meals are prepared by students of the professional school who are part of the Management and Kitchen Production class in face-to-face practical classes that take place in July, adding to products that the “school has in stock” and that “need to be prepared” or if “they use it in moments of learning and then they need to be disposed of”, said EHTA in a statement.

In addition to this effort, which helps Refood to avoid food waste, by providing people and families in need with food that can still be consumed but that would have no usual person to eat it, there are also “pastry classes”, which produce “dozens of desserts , the result of the work developed in the practical sessions”, they added.

Refood is a voluntary movement with several centres in the country that works to eliminate food waste, with the collection of meals and their subsequent distribution to beneficiaries.

“We make a point of promoting this partnership whenever possible since we have products in stock and we know that there are those who need them. It is the students who do it. Last week we made fish and I already know that for this week it will be rabbit”, said Chef Luis Caboz, one of the trainers at EHTA.

The support of the school also helps the Refood centre in Faro to respond to the increase in the number of people in need of food aid due to the consequences of the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic and which, in the Algarve, has increased the numbers of the unemployed due to declines in tourist occupation, the main regional economic activity.

“This help from the School of Hospitality and Tourism of the Algarve makes all the difference because the food comes to us already prepared. And this is very important. The day we went to get the fish we had nothing. We have established new partnerships with hypermarkets, but food is not always cooked and we have nowhere to cook it,” said Paula Matias, coordinator of Refood Faro, in a statement.

EHTA quantified that, “in just two months, the number of people receiving food aid from the Faro centre of Refood” doubled, which now reaches “almost three hundred beneficiaries”, of which “100 are children who also suffer food shortages”.

“As long as the face-to-face practical classes take place, EHTA will continue to support the various entities and institutions that provide food aid to the neediest families on a weekly basis. With the beginning of the next school year, this support will once again be regular, as it has always happened in the past”, said the Algarve school.