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Stop Hunger’s ‘Satisfeito’ Initiative Combats Food Waste and Malnutrition in Brazil

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The “Satisfeito” version of menu items are indicated with little icons at participating restaurants
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Satisfeito means “satisfied” in Portuguese.

Stop Hunger has aimed to improve the quality of life of Brazilians since 2003. One of its initiatives, Satisfeito, is asking people to eat slightly smaller portions in order to prevent food waste and combat child hunger and malnutrition.

At participating restaurants in the Satisfeito program, qualifying meal items are indicated with an icon on the menu. Customers receive a dish that is one-third smaller but they pay full price; the money saved by the restaurant is then donated to non-profit organizations that fight child hunger, according to the Satisfeito website.

Satisfeito suggests that restaurants donate 5 to 10 percent of the price for each eligible dish; however, each vendor ultimately determines how much to donate.

“The amount of food wasted worldwide is outrageous,” Marcos Szrajer, the project coordinator at Stop Hunger, told The Huffington Post. “And at the same time, we have people starving throughout the world. We have to fight this contradiction.”

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There are currently 60 restaurants participating in the program in Brazil and Mexico.