More than just a multi-week sporting event, the French Open is also an opportunity for the organization “Le Chaînon Manquant” (“The Missing Ingredient” or “The Missing Link” in English) to take action with caterers and restaurant workers at the event to redistribute their surplus food products to the most needy in the greater Paris region. This has been supported by the French Tennis Federation each year since launching it in 2014.
Early each morning, volunteers get to work in the basement of the Roland Garros stadium. Using their Chaînon Manquant trucks, they go from food institution to institution to pick up the unused food products and then to deliver them to charities. Salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit, pastries, cheeses, cakes, beverages… In total, more than 5,000 meals are distributed during the twenty days of the tournament.
This is the sixth consecutive year of the charity taking action during the event. It helps partners and service providers limit their food waste. Over the course of the years, establishments are getting better and better at managing their unused products and more and more of them are turning to the charity to give away their surplus products.
These food donations take place throughout the rest of the year to the benefit of various food charities throughout the greater Paris region. Le Chaînon Manquant, which receives financial support from the city of Paris, also is active during other major events and locations throughout the region.