Over the years, the public perception about government officials has become so tarnished that most people do not expect them to go beyond their call of duty.
However, we are slowly seeing a change in the attitude of government officials, and this reflects in the many stories that we bring to you. Today, many of them are not only eager to help but are also willing to go the extra mile.
Recently, government officials from Chennai contributed money from their salaries to help purchase two vehicles which would collect excess food and distribute it among those who needed it.
The vehicles were donated to No Food Waste, a Coimbatore-based NGO, which has expanded its service to Chennai recently.
P Amudha, the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Commissioner, is also among those who have contributed to this cause.
No Food Waste was started by three youngsters in Coimbatore who run a hotline manned by volunteers for wedding, banquet and school organisers who wish to donate their excess food to those in need in slums, government hospitals and the homeless.
Till date, the organisation has catered to 45,1039 people and saved 1.34 lakh kg of food, as reported by Times of India.
Food wastage is a universal problem that countries are grappling with. A report by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations suggests that every third malnourished child is Indian. Yet, tons of food is wasted every day.
In the recently concluded Tata Mumbai Marathon, the iconic dabbawala’s of Mumbai ran to spread awareness about the ‘Roti Bank,’ a service that collects food and distributes it to the needy.
You can read all about that in an article here.
A community refrigerator in Gurugram is also, in its own way, trying to tackle this issue. Residents of the society leave food in this refrigerator and encourage anyone who is hungry to take what they like from it. A story about this can be read here.
All these initiatives have one objective—to reduce the number of people who remain hungry in this country. While the modus operandi of all these efforts is different, the underlying agenda is the same. Here is hoping that many more such enterprises spring up across the country.