Planet Charity: Homeless people in France refuse 'bland' charity meals

Plus: New law means Montana hunters can donate meat to food banks, and a storm in a McTeacup in Russia

Planet Charity
Planet Charity

The French have always prided themselves on their culinary skills. So imagine the horror when homeless people in the port of Calais in France refused free meals from a French charity after complaining they were "too bland". Salam, which feeds people sleeping rough near the port, faced a backlash after clients protested about the lack of spices in the dishes. The charity responded by saying that spices were very expensive, and promptly pulled the plug on le diner.

If Salam's chefs want some more unusual meats for their casseroles, they might want to try Montana in the US, where food charities are gearing up for a bumper crop. New state laws let hunters drop off big game animals unlucky enough to wander in front of their sights for use by local food banks as part of a programme called Hunters Against Hunger. The animals previously had to go to third party companies for processing, but they can now be given directly to nominated companies to pass on to food banks.

Tizer Meats in Helena, the state capital, said it had already received donations under the scheme of several deer, three antelope and a bear.

There are also meaty problems for the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Russia, where prosecutors are investigating it on suspicion of tax dodging and money laundering and whether it should be registered as a foreign agent.

Rising tensions between Russia and the US resulted in some McDonald's restaurants in Russia being shut down on health grounds over the summer, but now it appears that the food chain's charitable arm has also been dragged into the spotlight. The charity is hoping that it's all just a storm in a McTeacup.

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