Have Excess Food after a Party? Just Call One of These 10 Services to Make It Reach the Needy.

We Indians love to eat as well as feed others. For this very reason, every time we have a function or a party, we ensure that there’s plenty of food around. After all the eating, drinking, and merriment, we often end up with a lot of leftover food. While some of it can be packed off to friends and relatives, most of it goes to waste. Often, after a big party at home is over, we wonder what to do with the food.

These people or groups, take the excess food from you, and ensure it reaches the underprivileged.

1. Feeding India – Delhi + 16 other cities

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Feeding India is a not-for-profit social enterprise which collects excess food from individuals, weddings, restaurants, corporate offices, etc. and gives it to people who really need it. It has a 24/7 helpline that people can call on when they want to donate food. It also has an app on Google Playstore. It operates in Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Faridabad, Goa, Noida, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, and Solan. The organisation can be contacted on 098711 78810.

2. Robin Hood Army – Delhi/NCR + 8 cities

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Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation which gets surplus food from restaurants, convention halls, homes (if there is a large quantity), etc. and distributes it to the needy. The organisation consists of over 2,315 volunteers spread across 19 cities. It operates in Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, and Jabalpur. It also has a network in Pakistan. For more details, visit the website.

3. Roti Bank by Dabbawalas – Mumbai


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Mumbai’s Dabbawalas have come up with the ‘Roti Bank’ initiative to prevent wastage of food at social gatherings. Leftover food from birthday parties, weddings etc. will be collected by the Dabbawalas and given to the needy. They also take small quantities of excess food from homes. For more details, contact them on 91-9867-221-310 or +91-8652-760-542.

4. Mera Parivar – Gurgaon

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Mera Parivar, is an NGO based out of Gurgaon, working in the field of education and vocational training. They will come and collect excess food from you, if you stay in Gurgaon. If you stay outside Gurgaon, you will have to arrange for the transportation yourself. The organisation distributes the food to the students. The organisation can be contacted on 0124-4111787.

5. R.B. Shivakumar – Bengaluru

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The sight of loads of pulao being emptied into a garbage dump made R.B. Shivakumar very angry. He decided to turn his anger into action. Now, this Bengaluru-based social activist picks up leftover food from wedding halls, parties, hotels, as well as homes (if there is a big quantity), and distributes it to the needy. Before agreeing to pick up the food, Mr. Shivakumar tastes it. He also picks up only vegetarian food. He can be reached at  9900568514.

6. Annakshetra – Jaipur


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This organisation collects food from restaurants, caterers, as well as individuals. The organisation’s van picks up the food. The collection is mainly at night. after this, food is stored in refrigerators. Only after it is declared fit for consumption, by medical experts, is the food distributed among the underprivileged. To contact the organisation, call +91-9001295293, 0141-3221267

7. Shelter Don Bosco – Mumbai

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Shelter Don Bosco is an NGO working with the street children of Mumbai since 1987. It has implemented several projects to help such children in the city. The organisation accepts leftover cooked food, if it is delivered by 8 pm. The management needs to be intimated in advance. The organisation can be contacted on 022-2415 0562.

8. Arham Anna Daan – Mumbai


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Arham Anna Daan is a project of Arham Yuva Group, an NGO. Their volunteers collect leftover food from weddings, parties, temples, etc. in steel containers. The food is then distributed in slums or at construction sites. The organisation can be contacted on 098218 75656, 098676 22002.

9. Wrap It. Don’t Waste Food. – Coimbatore and Chennai

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Wrap It. Don’t Waste Food is a campaign by Reunite to Redefine India, an NGO. It picks up surplus food from restaurants and homes. It is currently active in Coimbatore and some places in Chennai. As many as 50 volunteers from the NGO are involved in picking up the food. They collect food between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. and will only take food within six hours of it being prepared. The volunteers taste the food before accepting it and then give it away to the needy. The group can be contacted on 099520 63561, 099405 58802, 099403 18578, 096001 33657.

10. Santhimandiram -Thiruvananthapuram


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Santhimandiram is an institution which provides asylum for the abandoned. The inmates here are brought to the home from bus stations, government hospitals, etc. The institution collects food from wedding halls, hotels, and well-wishers. For more details, contact the organisation on 919895527372, +919895525097.

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