A study by Food Ministry, Government of India found that about 20% of food at social events such as weddings goes waste. Food waste also occurs at parties, functions and restaurants. This is a sad state of affairs when one considers that two lakh street children in Mumbai go to sleep hungry every day. Therefore, leftover food donation is the need of the hour to counter both malnutrition and food waste!
You may be hosting a wedding or you may be a caterer. You could be running a restaurant. If you expect that food waste may occur, do not hesitate to get in touch in advance with the NGO organizations or institutions listed in 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below.
Leftover food collection helps to feed the poor…
Food banks and food collection NGOs have geared up to tackle the food waste challenge in India’s major cities. They have set up waste leftover food helplines so that restaurants, caterers, wedding venues and party organizers who intimate availability of food for donation.
Often such intimation is given at a late hour and pick up time is also late i.e. after midnight. Despite these hurdles, these food banks and food collection NGOs arrive at the venue, pack the food in containers and transport it in vehicles arranged by them.
If the outfit has cold storage facilities, food is stored and distributed in a day or two. However most of the time, distribution is done to feed the poor within a few hours after the food is collected, keeping in view the fact that food goes stale soon in India's hot climate. In some cities, food for the poor is distributed at some fixed point where the homeless, slum-dwellers and needy congregate.
Many orphanages, children’s homes and other NGO organizations do not have facilities to undertake leftover food collection. They will be happy to accept the food if it is delivered at their location.
Agra Ahmedabad Bhubaneswar Chennai Coimbatore Delhi-NCR Goa Hyderabad Jaipur Kolkata Lucknow Ludhiana Nagpur Patna Surat Visakhapatnam
They access excess leftover food from restaurants and caterers in order to provide food to the poor kids and adults.
This NGO organization runs a children's home, free school, community college etc. They serve food to 320 of their members including children and adults. Food is accepted till 2 pm.
Hella Nagar, Virgonagar Post, Bangalore 560049
93792 71391, 080-3297 0700
Missionaries of Charity
They can accept leftover food donation from outside before 4 pm for 50 of their members, who include children and elderly.
Nirmala Shishu Bhavan, 25 Ashoka Road, St. Thomas Town, Lingarajapuram, Bangalore 560084 080-2547 4993. Facebook Page
R B Shivakumar
He is a social worker who picks up excess food from weddings as well as other functions to feed the poor in Rajajinagar as well as to old-age homes and orphanages. Only vegetarian food is accepted.
Bangalore Chandigarh Chennai Dehradun Delhi-NCR Goa Hyderabad Indore Jabalpur Jaipur Kolkata Mumbai Pune Udaipur
Robin Hood Army
Robin Hood Army undertakes leftover food collection from restaurants with whom they have tied up. The food is served by RHA's volunteers to the homeless and hungry located in the vicinity of each particular restaurant. This service is operational at present on Sundays only.
Anand Sinha and Neel Ghose
Chennai Coimbatore Erode Hosur Mettur Salem Tirupur Trichy
They distributed about 4,000 ‘don’t-waste-food’ posters in restaurants and eating houses in several Tamil Nadu towns, through a network of volunteer students. In the towns listed above, their volunteers are now present and food donation collected is distributed among the needy.
R. Mohammed Ali, T. Merwin Wesley, J. Palaniappan
81221 39893, 95004 88803, 74185 17750
No Food Waste
Call them on phone for a pickup of excess food serving a minimum of 50 people. If quantity is sufficient for less than 50 persons, then drop the food at their collection points or local facility centre. Food is checked, transferred to dedicated vessels and then transported by minivan to orphanages, slums, Government Hospital's free food distribution counter etc.
Ward No.84 Office, Kempatti Colony, Ukkadam, Coimbatore 641008.
NGO providing education to underprivileged children in Gurgaon. Would collect excess food from Gurgaon area to feed the kids. Excess food from rest of Delhi would have to be transported by the donor to their location in Gurgaon.
# 267 Sector 14 Gurgaon 122001
93130 37887, 78385 94404
This NGO picks up excess leftover food from companies, caterers and hotels and delivers it to the hungry homeless and the needy.
8-3-168/B/30/A, Laxmi Nagar, SR Nagar, Hyderabad 500038
Mustafa Ali Hashmi
77022 09484, 81212 16677
Leftover food is collected through their van from restaurants, caterers, as well as individuals. The collected food is stored in refrigerators and only after checking it's fitness for consumption, is the food distributed among the underprivileged.
16, Shree Gopal Nagar, Near Mahesh Nagar Police Station, Gopalpura Bypass, Jaipur 302019
24 x 7 Helpline: 90012 95293, 0141-322 1267, 250 4604
Northeast FoodBanking Network (NeFN)
This food bank will accept all kinds of non-perishable food donations from individuals, grocery stores and organizations. The food is distributed through a network of service agencies.
Teddim Road, Hmar Veng, Sumkong Kaimun, Churachandpur, Manipur 795128
Mumbai Roti Bank
Pick up freshly prepared food from regulated food businesses, such as hotels, arenas, and cafeterias, and deliver it safely to feed the poor and hungry. Promoted by D Sivanandhan, Nitin Khanapurkar, Sweta Mangal and Subhash Talekar.
24X7 Helplines: 86555 80001, 91118 91118
Shelter Don Bosco
They accept leftover cooked food if it is delivered to them by 8 pm. However, do call them in advance to intimate.
Opp. St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala, Mumbai 400031
'Roti Bank' by Mumbai Dabbawala Association
If you have excess food after a wedding or any social event, dial the leftover food helplines below and dabbawalas nearest to your location will collect the food (between 6 pm to 8 pm) and distribute it among the homeless and poor by 9 pm. Areas covered: Grant Road, Vikhroli, Andheri, Mulund and Byculla. The food must suffice for at least 20 to 25 people.
Subhash Gangaram Talekar, General Secretary of Mumbai Dabbawala Association
98672 21310, 86527 60542
Food for All Campaign
This campaign which works in association with Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA) focusses on leftovers from weddings. The wedding caterers call the MDA helpline, after which a dabbawala visits the venue, carries out leftover food collection and distributes the same among homeless and slum-dwellers.
75067 44566, 98672 21210
Santhi Mandiram Psycho Social Rehabilitation Centre
Santhi Mandiram Psycho Social Rehabilitation Centre
They collect food from wedding halls, hotels as well as from individuals. Santhi Mandiram is an asylum for abandoned and unwanted human beings, who are picked up from streets, bus stations, government hospitals, etc.
Vettinad Market Junction, Near Lourdes Mount Public School, Kanakode, Vattappara.P.O., Trivandrum
98955 27372, 86061 53192, 98955 25097
Holding a party or function? Donate leftover food to a local organization engaged in this activity.
Wedding in your relatives’ or friends’ circle? Request the caterer to consider excess food donation..
Are you a restaurant? Ask a local group involved in this activity, to pick up the food after closing hours.
No one collects excess food in your city? Consider taking up this task on your own.
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