A G Padmanaban is literally on a one man mission – to ensure no one goes hungry in the city of Chennai. The 23-year-old has launched a project called “No Food Waste,” wherein he hopes to feed the thousands of homeless in the city by diverting to them the fresh food that usually goes waste.
Padmanaban, who is the founder of an organisation called S.P.I.C.E (Society Promoting Innovation Creativity & Entrepreneurship), is no stranger to initiatives that feed the needy. He has, over the last few years, fed the homeless in other regions by taking leftovers from hotels. For his endeavours, he was given a grant by California’s Pollination Project in 2015.
With this new project, Padmanaban will be setting up refrigerators in restaurants and bakeries and setting up collection points in strategic locations from where the homeless can pick up fresh and healthy meals.
He is also looking to tie up with the city’s Greater Corporation to ensure smooth operations.
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Speaking to the Times of India, he noted, “To accomplish this (the project), we are currently mapping the city for `hunger spots,’ areas with several clusters of homeless population.”
For now the initiative is entirely crowd-funded and he is looking to tie up with individuals and organisations alike to scale up the operations significantly. He has replicated similar models in smaller towns and cities across Tamil Nadu and hopes to find similar success in Chennai.
At the end of the day, Padmanaban wants to make sure that the city has fewer people sleeping hungry and more getting the chance to have a dignified meal that isn’t the result of scavenging trash.
And that’s everything.
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