TWO Benidorm hotels donate food left over in restaurant buffets to needy families.
Six more establishments are due to join the scheme next month but the Solidaridad Marina Baixa aid organisation which distributes the food has encountered a problem.
Health and safety are insisting that all cooked food picked up from the hotels must be packed in disposable, single-use food containers.
Re-use is banned.
Hot food deliveries are now being made twice a day to approximately 80 people from 20 families.
This requires 60 – 80 containers per delivery and the charity has now exhausted its supply, explained Jose Miguel Bella, the group’s spokesman.
Many more are certain to be needed once other hotels join the scheme in February.
Most of the group’s members are out of work and cannot pay for more, Bella said.
But there might be some good news on the horizon, with the group having been approached by a La Nucia aluminium firm, offering a supply of containers.
An appeal has also been launched on the Solidaridad Marina Baixa Facebook page with a request for practical or financial help.