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India's Hunger Heroes: what you can do with leftover food

Oct 16, 2020 10:21 IST

If you’re hosting a festive bash, chances are you may have some leftovers to deal with. Here's a quick list of non-profit organisations that collect excess food from you and ensure it reaches those who need it the most. 1. Founded in 2014, Feeding India operates in over 32 cities. Volunteers collect excess food from restaurants, wedding events and homes and distribute it to the underprivileged. It has also installed several 'Happy Fridges' in smaller towns like Varanasi, Dehradun and Bhubaneshwar where people can donate food or leave leftover meals. 2. Mera Parivar is a Gurugram-based non-profit organisation that helps impart education and vocational training to children. They come and collect excess food from homes in Gurugram, which is then distributed to their network of under-privileged students. 3. The Samarpan Foundation operates in various cities including Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru. Hygiene is a significant factor for the foundation and they are more careful about the kind of leftover food they accept, depending on the season. 4. No Food Waste feeds over 400 people everyday in Coimbatore. They have almost 100 feeding points in the city where ‘untouched’ food is distributed to the needy. Since its inception, the organisation has expanded its reach to Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi among other cities. They have even installed various food and beverage ATMS in Coimbatore where those in need can come and ‘withdraw’ food.

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