An Indian-origin chef-cum-restaurateur has joined hands with other Aussie chefs for the Feed Sydney restaurant night, where diners can add a little extra to their bill to help provide 250,000 meals for disadvantaged people.
Some restaurants will also match or better the diners' contribution.
Kumar Mahadevan, chef and owner of Aki's at Woolloomooloo and Abhi's in North Strathfield makes about 30 litres of extra food every few weeks to donate to food rescue charity OzHarvest.
"As part of the Hindu philosophy of dharma...wastage of food is a sin like any other religion," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.
"I think the world is large enough for everybody to share," he added.
OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn said it was easy for diners to add extra money to their bills tonight.
"One dollar equals one meal. It's really simple to make a difference. While you're enjoying your good meal you can know you're helping," she said.
Feed Sydney is a campaign run by OzHarvest and action group Do Something, running through June.
It aims to highlight food wastage, food poverty and food recovery.
Funds raised will be distributed among charities and spent collecting and rescuing more food.