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World Food Day: 5 individuals or groups that can take your extra food and distribute among the underprivileged

Understand the importance of food and pledge not to waste them.


World Food Day is celebrated on 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 for the need to ensure healthy diets for all.

As the world deals with the widespread effects of the global pandemic, COVID-19, World Food Day 2020 will highlight how agriculture and food are an essential part of the COVID-19 response. World Food Day 2020 will call for solidarity and global cooperation to help the most vulnerable to recover from the pandemic crisis.

World Food Day 2020 will also celebrate the people who produce, harvest, plant, or transport our food and call on the citizens to thank these #FoodHeroes who continue to provide food to their communities and beyond, no matter the circumstances.

We Indians have a special liking to food. We love to eat as well as feed others. That’s why at every function or party, we ensure that the food stock is little extra. Most of the times, after a whole lot of supper, we often end up with a lot of leftover food. While some of it is packed off for relatives and friends, most of it goes to waste. Often, 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.


Read more: Looking for some charity work, here are NGOs to look for


1. Feeding India

Feeding India is a not-for-profit social enterprise which can collect all your excess food, be it leftover from a simple family dinner or from a huge party and deliver it to people who need it the most. You could 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

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

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


4. Annakshetra

Annakshetra collects food from caterers, restaurants, as well as 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 the medical experts, it is distributed to the needy ones.  You can reach out to them on +91-9001295293, 0141-3221267.

5. Shelter Don Bosco

Shelter Don Bosco is an NGO, which is working with the street children of Mumbai 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 on 022-2415 0562.

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