This New Year’s Eve please don’t throw away any extra food, Call these 400 Dabbawalas and feed the hungry
This New Year’s Eve there will be grand parties and also a lot of food will be wasted and thrown away which can very easily feed those who can’t even afford single meal a day. Nothing in this World gives more satisfaction to heart than feeding a person in need of food.
Mumbai’s dabbawalas have come up with a great plan to prevent the wastage of food at New Year’s Eve parties in the city, or other events and celebrations like wedding ceremonies, birthday parties and more.
While so many people are blessed with abundance of food there are 190 million who Sleep hungry and can’t even afford one proper meal a day.
About 400 dabbawalas have started a ‘Roti Bank’ that will not only help reduce the wastage of food, but will also feed the poor and needy in Mumbai.
For this, members of the biggest community of dabbawalas, the Mumbai Jevandabbe Vahatuk Mahamandal, have collaborated with 30 wedding planners and caterers. They have set up two helpline numbers on which these wedding planners, caterers and any other individual can call to schedule a pick-up of leftover food.
The numbers are +919867221310 and +918652760542.
If you’re having a party at your place and if there’s a lot of leftover food please don’t trash it. Instead of throwing all of it away, you can call these numbers and the nearest lunchbox delivery men will come over to collect it. The food will then be distributed among people living on the streets, those who sleep on pavements, people living in slums, etc.
We are known for quickly reaching a location and delivering lunch boxes. We want to use the same skills to help the poor,” Subhash Talekar, the dabbawala union’s spokesperson, told Mumbai Mirror. He added that the ‘Roti Bank’ will function on a no-profit, no-loss model.
These 400 dabbawalas will work after their shifts to make ‘Roti Bank’ a success.
“The caterers called us and said that lot of food gets wasted when big events are organised. So these left over can be packed and given to lunchbox delivery men who can take them to the poor. This is a social work,” said Talekar.
Mumbai’s dabbawalas are all set to use their skills to help the underprivileged.