As per an Agricultural Ministry report, over Rs 50,000 crore worth of food produced is wasted in India every year. While many of us try our ways to avoid the unfortunate phenomenon by either donating food or taking only the quantity we are confident we’ll be able to finish, the case is not the same for many others, especially in the airline industry.
In a viral Facebook post, Vishab Mehta decided to shed light on the food wastage that happens in flights and even managed to go the extra mile by collecting this unconsumed food to distribute it to the underprivileged.
This is his story.
“I’ve been a frequent flyer all my life. I love to travel, be it for business or vacation. But unfortunately, only a couple of months back I realised, and I noticed that meals served on the flights are often wasted and thrown away in the garbage.
Reasons for the same can be:
– Some people are flying for the first time and are often too shy to even reply to the ‘English’ speaking crew.
– Some people don’t like the taste of the food and often eat a little and leave everything else.
Some are just too diet conscious to eat the unhealthy food that is served and is later dumped into the garbage.
Now, why am I suddenly talking about this!?
Today, I was on Air India flight from Mumbai to Jaipur that serves free meal to every passenger, and I decided that I’m not gonna let any uneaten food to be wasted or dumped into the garbage. Rather, I’ll collect it and feed that food to the hungry.
As soon as the crew served the meal, I requested them to help me with a bag so I can personally go and collect the uneaten food. The crew was very supportive and suggested me to be seated and that it’s better if they collected it while taking their food-trays back, separating the uneaten food in a bag simultaneously.
Almost 70 burger buns, 50 butter pockets and 30 chocolates were collected and given to me before the flight landed.
Only if one can calculate how much food is wasted everyday around the world like this. And only if one can calculate that how just ‘one random act of kindness’ can help so many people fill their empty stomach.
P.S- The food that I collected was distributed among children and grown-ups who can’t even afford a meal a day. Their only way of surviving is begging for food.
It’s a request to all, save food and feed the hungry!”
This shows that a random act of kindness can go a long way in not only ensuring that food isn’t wasted but also bring grateful smiles on the faces of those who struggle for a square meal every single day!
We salute Vishab for setting such an exceptional example.
We hope the next time you are about to let go of the meals served to you on a flight untouched, you will give it to someone in desperate need of it. While it may seem like a drop in the ocean, the one mouth you feed will never forget your action!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)