While one third of food produced in the world is wasted, millions of people stay hungry everyday and live in constant food insecurity. Refettorio Gastromotiva is an initiative brought to Brazil by chefs Massimo Bottura (Food for Soul), David Hertz (Gastromotiva) and by the journalist Ale Forbes to contribute to fighting food waste, malnutrition and social exclusion. Refettorio - in latin Reficere - means recuperate and restore. At the Refettorio Gastromotiva recuperating food is just as important as promoting and restoring the dignity of people.

For a world with no waste.
For a world with more inclusion.

Refettorio Gastromotiva brings nourishment, culture and dignity for all, in a place full of art. Launched during the olympic games, it became a legacy for the city. It works as a restaurant-school with invited chefs and young talents from Gastromotiva cooking with surplus ingredients. We offer free dinner for vulnerable populations and, soon, lunch for the the public, under the ‘pay for lunch, leave dinner paid” concept.

Nourish the world with love, respect and opportunity.
Become a volunteer!

We directly work with people in socially vulnerable situations, and after listening to more than 700 testimonies from volunteers who have passed through here, we are convinced that serving brings as much dignity as being served! To live the experience of one night serving and hosting the ones that are most in need, just sign up here! We work from Monday to Friday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Rua da Lapa 108, Centro - RJ. If you want to contribute in a different way or have doubts, write us at