Wastage of food at weddings, parties, restaurants...
A study by Food Ministry, Government of India found that about 20% of food at social events such as weddings goes waste. Wastage also occurs at parties, functions and restaurants. This is a sad state of affairs when one considers that two lakh street children in Mumbai go to sleep hungry every day.
Indian food is prone to spoil quickly on account of our country’s hot and humid climate. Efforts to distribute leftover excess food have been hampered by lack of infrastructure and inadequate cold storage facilities.
Donate excess leftover food for the poor and homeless...
Certain organizations in India’s major cities have been gearing up to this challenge. They remain in touch with restaurants, caterers, marriage halls and party organizers who intimate availability of leftover food.
Often such intimation is given at a late hour and pick up time is also late i.e. after midnight. Despite these hurdles, these organizations arrive at the venue, pack the food in containers and transport it in vehicles arranged by them.
If the outfit has cold storage facilities, food is stored and distributed in a day or two. In other cases distribution is done within a few hours after the food is collected. In some cities, distribution is undertaken at some fixed point where the homeless, slum-dwellers and poor congregate. Supply is also made to orphanages and the like.
If you are hosting a function in the cities listed in Resources below, do not hesitate to get in touch with the volunteer organisations in advance so that the latter have sufficient time to organise collection instead of scrambling at the last minute in case of late intimation.