Community Fridges Help to Feed the Poor

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

/ by mansuralisaha


The News Cover: People tend to waste a lot of food on a daily basis. In India, around 50kg of food is wasted per person, in one year This comes up to 7,000 crore kg of food wasted per year in the country. During the lockdown, many people were laid off and starved as they had no money for food. 

The Public Foundation (TPF) is an NGO that came up with a unique idea to help people. TPF has set up refrigerators on the streets and not in people's homes. These are not at all locked and anyone can come and donate by keeping food in that fridge. Those who are hungry can use the same fridge for their meals. TPF had 8 community fridges in Chennai, and 2 in Bengaluru. 

These fridges were stocked with freshly cooked food, beverages & other snacks, etc. Dr. Issa Fathima Jasmine is the managing trustee at TPF. She said India has a lot of food, however, a lot of it is wasted. We need to remember that every grain is a symbol of God and must not be wasted. Instead of discarding food, we must learn to share it with those who need it." The TPF also has the approval of the Greater Chennai Corporation. 
There is a similar initiative in Mumbai. The Don Bosco Institutions (DBI) in association with the NGO “Team Spreading Smiles”, have installed community fridges in Navi Mumbai at Nerul, Seawoods, etc. They have helped poor people & migrant workers who have lost their income due to the lockdown. 25,000 people have benefited so far. 
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