Ort is now the favorite food of the low income earner city dwellers


Before, only the vagabond, street dweller, homeless and the extremely poor people are the one eating orts or leftover foods that were discarded from the different restaurants and fast food chains in cities. These people roam the city’s garbage depots to look for leftovers, others works in dumpsites collecting salable trashed items and the much sought after leftovers which is already unfit for human consumption.

Today, orts or leftover food collections are already a thriving and profitable business. This is really for Ripley’s because discarded foods from big restaurants, malls and fast food chains are now for sale and the regular buyers are the low income earner city dwellers.

The leftover food business was started years ago in an informal setup by some enterprising garbage collectors in Metro Manila until it thrived and was copied in other cities in the Philippines. Leftover foods are directly collected from the food service establishments in a contracting agreement between the garbage collectors and the establishment owners.

The poor communities started to patronize leftover foods because it suit to their budget and needs and presto, orts can fill their hungry stomach without the hassle of spending more money for a delectable meal. Budget wise, orts can be bought for only a few pesos which is good for a struggling family.

Poverty and hunger keeps the poor city dwellers to depend on the leftovers of the middle and upper class that regularly eats outside of their homes. The poor is the human equivalent of recycling machine which takes all discarded wastes to its chamber for processing. And the orts keep the poor alive in this humiliating world, for a fee.