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These ‘Hunger Heroes’ Are Feeding India’s Poor Meals They’ve Never Had. With Your Excess Food.

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It all started with Ankit Kawatra getting upset because food for a thousand people was wasted at a wedding. So he created a network of 750 Hunger Heroes in 20 cities, who have fed 2.5 lakh hungry people already.

It was a fancy party at my friend’s place. The buffet had over 30 varieties of dishes and sweets. The hosts left no stone unturned to make sure the party was a big success. Being a close friend, I decided to stay back after the party and help them clean up. And I saw so many plates of food getting wasted. The caterer just dumped all the leftover food in a huge garbage bag and threw it away. We initially thought of donating the food to the needy but didn’t know how and where,” recalls Kriti Gupta from Jaipur.

There are many of us like Kriti who often don’t know what to do with food leftover from a wedding or party. Ankit Kawatra from Delhi was one such person. Until he attended a wedding where he saw food that could feed 1000 people getting wasted.

The sight of so much food being thrown away gave him the idea of starting a service that would pick up leftover food from events and donate it to the needy.

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Feeding India team has provided over 2.5 lakh meals across India.

We sometimes give money to the homeless to buy food or even buy it ourselves for them. But the idea behind this service was not to buy food but use what is already available in abundance,” says Ankit.

The idea soon got converted into action and Ankit launched Feeding India in August 2014. The plan was simple — to collect excess food from parties, events and weddings and then distribute it in shelter homes.

He started by getting volunteers, or Hunger Heroes, as he named them. These heroes were selected from different locations in the city.

Ankit then launched a 24×7 helpline that people could call whenever they wanted to donate excess food.

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The Hunger Heroes make sure no food gets wasted.

But this wasn’t enough. We needed a way to get a regular supply of food, which wasn’t possible with just launching a helpline,” recalls Srishti Jain, one of the core members of Feeding India.

Therefore, for a more systematic approach, Feeding India partnered with various catering companies that would inform Ankit and his team in advance about various events. And at the end of the event, they would give them a call informing them about the amount of excess food available.

The Hunger Heroes who lived near that particular location would collect the food and, if possible, distribute it the same night in shelter homes. In case the food cannot be distributed the same day or night, it was kept in cold storage and donated the next day.

“We mostly distribute it immediately after collecting it. There are various shelter homes open 24×7,” says Srishti. The Feeding India team also has a team of experts who test the food’s quality before it is donated.

We have a very systematic approach which makes the entire process very simple and doable. People can call us anytime and we will be there to collect the food,” says Srishti.

Feeding India has now built a strong network of over 750 Hunger Heroes in 2o cities of India; they do not hesitate in performing their duties, even at odd hours.

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Feeding India works in 20 cities of India.

“There was a time when we had to collect food for over 5,000 people in one night. We did not even have so many containers. We had to do two trips to get all the food and our Hunger Heroes got back home at 5 am. This is the kind of dedication everyone shows,” says Srishti.

Feeding India does not have any external financial support and currently runs on the personal money of the members. They do ask the caterers and event managers to pay for transport if possible.

This has been a challenge. The caterers and managers say: ‘We are giving you food, why should we also pay for the transport?’ If they don’t agree to pay, we bear the cost,” says Srishti.

Thanks to the commitment of the team, Feeding India has donated over 2.5 lakh meals across India.

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The team collects the excess food and distributes it at various shelter homes.

To get regular access to food, the organization now partners with different corporate houses (to pick up excess food from their canteens and office parties) and restaurants. Feeding India also organises events to spread more awareness about the cause and to help people understand the value of excess food.

Ankit and his team even got India’s star chefs on board for one of their campaigns, where they talked about their love for food and how it should be used for a good cause.

“We organize small events where we make people pledge that they will not waste food. Through these small interventions we are trying to change the mindset of the people,” says Srishti.

In the future, Feeding India wants to reach out to over 50 cities in India and get more corporate partnerships so that the hungry can get food.

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We make sure that the needy get proper meals; very often people give biscuit packets and bread and think that they have donated food. But this is not enough. We want to make sure every homeless person gets a proper meal,” concludes Srishti.

If you would like to become a Hunger Hero and work with the team at Feeding India, check out their website, join their Facebook page.

Call the helpline for Feeding India to donate any excess food that you may have – 098711 78810

The cities where Feeding India currently provides its services are –

Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Manipal city, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Bhopal, Goa, Agra, Kanpur, Shiv Nadar University, SRM University, KIIT Bhubaneshwar

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Article Source: The Better India

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Anna Hazare Launches The CSR Journal Magazine on India’s 72nd Independence Day

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August 15, MUMBAI: The CSR Journal, a distinguished portal reporting extensively on Corporate and Citizen Social Responsibility, proudly announces the launch of its magazine “The CSR Journal” on 15th August, 2018. Trailblazing social activist, Shri Anna Hazare launched the magazine as the nation celebrated 72 years of independence.

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The inauguration ceremony was held at Hazare’s office in Ralegan Siddhi, Maharashtra. The village considered to be the best example of rural development in India. Mr. Amit Upadhyay (Editor-in-chief, www.thecsrjournal.in and the magazine) was applauded for his initiative in launching the first volume of the print magazine. It runs into 85 well designed pages and will be published every quarter. Shri Anna Hazare lauded Mr. Upadhyay’s effort in promoting CSR communication and creating a  platform for CSR after successful run of www.thecsrjournal.in, the largest platform for sharing best practices on business sustainability and the citizen’s social responsibility.

Industry leaders and activists like Anshu Gupta, Founder of the non-profit organisation Goonj, Actress Vidya Balan, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister- Finance, Planning and Forests,  Govt. Of Maharashtra, Dr Bhaskar Chatterjee, Secretary General Indian Steel Association and Former Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Sanjay Dutt, MD & CEO, Tata Housing and Uday Mahurkar, Deputy Editor, India Today magazine feature in the launch issue which features top stories on issues related to Water Scarcity.

The CSR Journal magazine will cover the current practices and innovations in the field of CSR, innovative social enterprises and projects, research articles and interviews from CSR leaders and practitioners. The 85 page multicoloured magazine is priced at INR 175/- To subscribe to the magazine, click on the link http://thecsrjournal.in/magazine/

Mr. Upadhyay said, “As frontrunners in the CSR knowledge domain, The CSR Journal had been receiving requests from various sectors for the publication of a print magazine, and we’re meeting the demand with this premium quarterly publication. The aim of this magazine is to promote the latest developments, and feature innovative content and social commentary. Industry experts, practitioners, professionals and researchers will get a platform to share their experiences, findings on generating competitive advantage through stakeholder engagement. Case studies shall be published elaborating the contribution and impact of CSR in the corporate world. The magazine will update its readers on various topics through its cover story and featured articles and bring forth the emerging trends in this field.”

Shri Anna Hazare applauded the theme for the inaugural issue. His own village Ralegan Siddhi has set an example in the wonders of water harvesting. He said, “It developed immensely after villagers began harvesting rain water and improving the water table.” He added that a magazine like The CSR Journal would bring more transparency and accountability in the corporate world.

About The CSR Journal

The CSR Journal (www.thecsrjournal.in) is a digital news publication headquartered out of Mumbai, India. The CSR Journal was founded in 2014 with Amit Upadhyay as Editor-in-Chief. We are a team of passionate and young journalists, led by experienced leaders, aiming to contribute by turning its readership into meaningful reactions, providing first-hand information to its readers.

We work with policymakers, not-for-profit organisations, non-governmental organisations, leading corporate houses and various stakeholders.

The CSR Journal covers developments in and around the corporate social responsibility domain through timely news reporting. While monitoring on-goings through original insightful work, providing a value-adding impact. Our focus has been towards delivering readers with a one-stop credible platform for news and information related to corporate & citizen social responsibility.

Media contacts:

Hency Thacker

+91 8451024438

hency@thecsrjournal.in

Kasmin Fernandes

+91 9920965159

kasmin@thecsrjournal.in

Subscription and Marketing Contact:

Anuradha Devnani

+91 9819680850

anuradha@thecsrjournal.in

To subscribe to the magazine, visit

http://thecsrjournal.in/magazine/

Article Source: The CSR Journal

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Telugu NRI kid raises funds for a cause

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Her most memorable performance was “Tales of a lovable Thief”, stories of Krishna performed at Sarasota Opera House. ​

HYDERABAD: Divya, a 12-year-old Telugu NRI girl from Florida, USA, performed a  solo Bharatanatyam performance in the city on Saturday for a fundraiser. She performed to a packed hall of 500 guests at the Centre for Economic & Social Studies (CESS), Nizamia Observatory Campus, Punjagutta.

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Power@1 links consumers and corporates on an electrifying platform

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In a win-win, 4FPL enables both CSR initiatives and power supply at 1 per unit consumed

This is match-making of a different kind, aimed at sustainability while addressing corporate social responsibility (CSR).

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Solar panels set up by 4FPL at Government Primary School, new Bhoiguda, Secunderabad

Fourth Partner Energy (4FPL), a Renewable Energy Service Company (Resco) engaged in providing solar power project installations and maintenance, has come up with an innovative project, Power@1. Under this, it installs solar power units for schools, colleges, hospitals and the needy, by linking them up with corporate entities seeking to deploy their funds through CSR initiatives.

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This Pune Based Edtech Startup Is Transforming Education to Next Level Through Experiential Approach

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Please tell us about your startup journey
The beginning was from Ahmednagar. It all started with an idea to aware people around us about latest developments in science. The year was 2003 and I was in 10th standard. There was news in newspaper about possible visibility of International Space Station (ISS) by naked eyes. I went through number of books and magazines to find more about ISS. I found not more than few picture in an old magazine. Internet was not available as easily as now back then. In Ahmednagar, there were few internet café. So I went to some place and downloaded information. The night came and we saw a small dot passing over a starry background. For us that was nothing like anything. I gathered tens of friends told them about what we were going to observe. All were so astonished that I could understand gravity of communicating knowledge of unknown things.

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