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Help Us Install Thirty Happy Fridges Across India To Fight Food Waste And Hunger

Feeding India

by Feeding India

1 Campaign

Feeding India will install 30 “Happy Fridges” which can feed 1500 to 12000 meals every month

  • 2,39,643 raised by 305 supporters

  • 30% Raised of 7,80,000 Goal

About campaign

The refrigerators in our kitchens are stocked with excess food often, and most of the times, a sizeable portion of those end up in the trash can. Meanwhile, a family just a few metres away from our home may be struggling to manage one wholesome meal a day. Sleeping on tattered sheets, they may be dreaming of a plate full of hot, steaming food while we are busy filling our garbage bin with leftover snacks, fruits or cooked meals.

Feeding India, a non-profit NGO has been actively working for the last four years to bridge this painful gap between food wastage and empty bellies.

This World Food Day on 16th October 2018, the Hunger Heroes of India have pledged to put a full stop to hunger in the country. As part of their #FightFoodWaste campaign, they have resolved to set up 500 community fridges nationwide, where people can donate their excess food which is accessible to all. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

Another two important aspects of the ‘Happy Fridges’ initiative deserve special mention here. Firstly, Feeding India follows a completely eco-friendly policy and prohibits people from keeping food in any kind of single-use plastic packets or containers. Only paper boxes, bags or reusable containers are permitted. Also, unlike the community fridges already existing in some cities, these ones will be installed right at everyone’s doorstep, so willing donors need not travel far for depositing the food.

The Problem

Hunger is perhaps the most severe and yet overlooked problem in India, and the latest statistics corroborate the same. The Global Hunger Index 2018 has positioned India at a horrifying 103rd place among 119 countries, even behind many underdeveloped African nations and our neighbours Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. India’s GHI score happens to be 31.1, which is appalling when compared to the best-performing nations who have a score below 5. The results indicate a dangerous food scarcity scenario for the underprivileged section of the population, where acute malnutrition is the inevitable outcome. The worse part is that India’s hunger crisis has deteriorated drastically over the past few years. At 21%, India has the highest rate of child wasting which signifies that one in every five children in India is undernourished.

Reportedly, over 260 million Indians go to sleep hungry, which means India is home to over 25% of the world’s hungry population.

The other side of this picture exhibits a discrepancy. As a matter of fact, India is the country which appears in school textbooks as the world’s largest producer of grains. Approximately 40% food in the world goes down the drain, of which India is accountable for food wastage worth a whopping Rs 58,000 crore. No matter how much we boast about the rich culture of the country, we cannot look beyond the heaps of food wastage that happens in religious and cultural festivals or social ceremonies like the big fat Indian weddings. Restaurants, caterers, hostels and even households are responsible for the massive amount of food wastage.

The Solution

To combat the food wastage on one hand and food crisis on the other, Feeding India aims to create a connecting link – hence the community fridges. The team has already set up a few community fridges in localities in and around Delhi and NCR, and the response has been overwhelming. Whenever there is excess food at home, the people continue to deposit it in these fridges, and anyone who is hungry can access the same any time of the day.

With more and more people approaching Feeding India to install the same in their locality, the organisation decided to launch this campaign on a nationwide basis. In the first phase of the campaign, Feeding India will install 100 community fridges or “Happy Fridges” as they prefer to term these, in cities across India, with each fridge aiming to serve 1,500 to 20,000 meals per month. The fridges can be set up near entry/exit gates of residential complexes, community centres, near guard rooms, below corporate offices etc.

 

Happy Fridge Setup
Happy Fridge Setup

To ensure a smooth execution of the entire process, the campaign has been outlined in three steps. Willing people can appeal to Feeding India for setting up a ‘Happy Fridge’ in their apartment societies or any other location where it can be accessible to a large number of people. The online registration process is simple, following which volunteers will get in touch with them to set up a Happy Fridge.

Feeding India has set up strict guidelines regarding the type, quality and segregation of food items. A log book will be maintained by the caretaker of the refrigerator. The maintenance, electricity costs and other expenses will have to be borne by the community members themselves. Feeding India staff will provide special training for proper handling of the fridges, and any servicing requirement will be attended to by them as soon as possible, to ensure no one dependent on the fridge goes hungry for long.

It just needs an electricity point, some excess food and a little bit of your empathy and cooperation to make India hunger-free.

Website: Feeding India

Here are the other ways you can help this initiative.

1. Sign up to set a free Happy Fridge here: https://goo.gl/CKWioZ

2. Volunteer sign up here: https://goo.gl/4RhNSN

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Label Cost
Thirty Happy Fridges 660000
Installation 30000
Recycled plastic setup 90000