Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves have been spending some time during their vacation in France, volunteering at a restaurant to feed refugees and the homeless.
In between visits to the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the French countryside, the Hollywood couple stopped by the Madeleine Church where Refettorio Paris is located. The restaurant serves 5-star meals and gives them away for free to guests who are going through a rough time.
“I have never seen anything like it!” Camila writes in an Insta post. “For instance, when guests arrive, someone checks their coat, they have beautiful dishware, the room looks like it’s from a movie, the meals are cooked by Michelin Star chefs and the list goes on and on!!”
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In Paris we got to volunteer at our friend @JR and his wife’s amazing @refettorioparis. They created a 5 STAR RESTAURANT TO SERVE FREE DAILY MEALS TO REFUGEES AND HOMELESS. I have never seen anything like it! For instance when guests arrive someone checks their coat, they have beautiful dishware, the room looks like it’s from a movie, the meals are cooked by Michelin Star chefs, and the list goes on and on!! They also source all their produce from places that would have thrown the food away!! I don’t know why we can’t do that in the states?! They bring a dignified experience to guests (refugees and homeless) that’s been lacking for many of them for a long time! Everyone at @refettorioparis puts their best self and best being forward to be a part of this experience! If you are in Paris, you must try to volunteer and donate!! 💛💚💛 Em Paris, fizemos trabalho voluntário nosso amigo @JR e sua esposa criaram o incrível @refettorioparis um restaurante 5 estrelas para alimentar refeições diárias GRATUITAS para refugiados e desabrigados.! Por exemplo, quando chegam, têm alguém checando os casacos, os pratos são maravilhosos , a sala parece que é de um filme, as refeições são preparadas por Michelin Star chefs e a lista continua! Eles trazem uma experiência digna para os hóspedes que está faltando para muitos deles há muito tempo! Se você está em Paris, você deve ir Doar seu tempo e suporte !!
Matthew and Camila were invited to help out by friend and artist “JR” who started the restaurant in collaboration with Food For Soul (chef Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore’s organisation to fight food waste). And yes, you guessed it – all the meals are made from food that would’ve otherwise been thrown away.
As Camila explains, the restaurant is not just about feeding people who are hungry: “They bring a dignified experience to guests (refugees and homeless) that’s been lacking for many of them for a long time!”
Earlier this year, Pharrel lended a hand there too:
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If you’d like to volunteer like Matthew and Camila or learn more about Refettorio Paris, check out their website HERE.