World Food Day 2022: 5 groups Who Understand Food Is a Luxury

This World Food Day 2022, understand food’s importance and pledge not to waste it.

World Food Day 2022: World Food Day is celebrated every 16th October to mark the anniversary of the founding of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and to promote global awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

We Indians have a particular liking for food. We love to eat as well as feed others. That’s why we ensure that the food stock is a little extra at every function or party. Most of the time, after many suppers, we often end up with a lot of leftover food. While some of it is packed for relatives and friends, most go to waste. Usually, once the big party is over, we wonder what to do with the food.

Well, for a change, let’s not waste the food. It takes a lot to produce it. You might not understand the value of these foods, but spend a day at the farm with a farmer, and you will know what goes behind your delicious food at the dining table. There are groups and NGOs who can take the excess food and distribute it among the underprivileged.

1. Feeding India


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Feeding India is a not-for-profit social enterprise which can collect all your excess food, be it left over from a simple family dinner or a huge party and deliver it to people who need it the most. You can reach them on their 24/7 helpline number and call them when you want to donate food. They also have an app on Google Playstore. Feeding India operates in Chandigarh, Goa, Indore, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Faridabad, Noida, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Nagpur, Mumbai, Pune, and Solan. Their contact number is 098711 78810.

2. Robin Hood Army


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Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation which gets the excess food from convention halls, restaurants and homes (if there is a large quantity), etc. and distributes it to the needy. The organisation has more than 2,315 volunteers spread across 19 cities. Robin Hood Army operates in Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur, and Jabalpur. If you need more information, you can visit their website here.

3. Roti Bank by Dabbawalas


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The proud Dabbawalas of Mumbai have come up with the ‘Roti Bank’ initiative to prevent the wastage of food at gatherings of people. Leftover food from birthday parties, weddings or other functions is collected by the Dabbawalas and given to the underprivileged one. If there is extra food in households, they also take food from there. These helpline numbers can help you donate your food to these Dabbawalas. Contact them on 91-9867-221-310 or +91-8652-760-542.

4. Annakshetra


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Annakshetra collects food from caterers, restaurants, and individuals on the organisation’s van. The collection is mainly at night. Once the food is collected, it is stored in refrigerators. Only after it is declared fit for consumption by medical experts is it distributed to the needy. You can reach out to them at +91-9001295293 or 0141-3221267.

5. Shelter Don Bosco

Shelter Don Bosco is an NGO that has been working with Mumbai’s street children since 1987. It has implemented several projects to help street children in Mumbai. The organisation accepts leftover food if it is delivered by 8 pm. The management asks to inform them about the food in advance. You can contact them at 022-2415 0562.

This World Food Day 2022, let’s stand solitary with our #FoodHeroes who continue to provide food to their communities and beyond, no matter the circumstances.

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