The leftover food from Super Bowl LIV isn't going to waste.
According to ESPN, about 30,000 pounds of uneaten fare from the event has been donated to South Florida shelters, marking the first major food rescue at the Super Bowl.
A day after the Chiefs' 31-20 victory over the 49ers, volunteers hit the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami and began collecting unused food items from concession stands, catered sections, suites, and more. The food included chicken wings, beef tenderloins, and ribs—all of which is expected to feed 20,000 people. It was a collaborative effort between Centerplate, NFL Green, and Connecticut-based Food Rescue US.
"It’s a full volunteer job. We just want to help people in need," Ellen Bowen, the director of Food Rescue US-Miami, told ESPN. "It’s amazing to see how much food there is that otherwise would have been thrown in the trash that can now feed so many people."
The food was packaged and delievered to five Miami-area organizations: Broward Outreach Center, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Miami Rescue Mission, Lotus House Shelter, and Camillus House.