Khushbu Can’t Stop Smiling!

On the occasion of World Smile Day, volunteers from the Delhi chapter of Feeding India went to Nizamuddin Shelter Home to engage and interact with the kids there. Regardless of their age or background, all the kids have a strong bond between them and seem confident in their conduct.

11 year old Khushbu lives on her own in the shelter home, while her parents live in the outskirts of Delhi trying to earn a livelihood to make ends meet. Her days are spent in the 4th grade of a nearby government school and her evenings are a mix of finishing homework and playing games with her best friends. Her dream is to become an English teacher when she grows up. Her face lit up when we started conversing with her. She spoke in perfect english and with great confidence. We have no doubts that with a little extra help and support this little girl can reach great heights!

On being asked about the Feeding India volunteer visits, she says that her favourite part is the yummy food they bring and the interactive sessions they conduct. Her personal favourites are Burgers and Pizzas!

First, the children had a drawing competition, which was later followed by some games and a dance party. It brought such big smiles to the faces of each and every kid, symbolic of their immense joy and satisfaction. They showered us with so much love and affection that we did not want to leave them!

These kinds of initiatives go on to show how even the little of efforts on our part can mean so much to these kids and eventually bring about a change in their lives.

– Asmita Narang

Want to be a HungerHero? Let the games begin!

As I sit in bed fervently biting my nails, watching the new Hunger Games trailer on my laptop, a Katniss battles for her life a few kilometers from my dwelling. And until I had joined Feeding India, I really doubt that I would have given the issue a grave brooding. We are adept at appreciating cinematic craft but have we become selfishly apathetic to real life problems? Has the cooling from the air conditioners and the warmth of the leftover pizzas numbed us to a point of indifference? Action is imperative. To wish them “May the odds be ever in your favour” is simply not enough.

Parks, metro stations, roads – everywhere you go it’s almost impossible to not come across impoverished people. The hunger issue is glaring at us from all four corners, all is that is required is for us to change our lens. There is a boy who works at a fast food joint near my place. He has an amazing aura of cheerfulness about him and has the entire menu learned by heart. Although he is deprived of schooling, his confidence is unchallengeable. I wonder how well he could have done – what all he could have accomplished had he been provided an education. Sometimes, he delivers food to my place when it’s raining outside. I don’t realize how much the surplus he earns as delivery cost means to him. “Thank you beta”, I say. “It’s ok didi”, he replies back in Hindi. I don’t know his name. But I know his suffering. Sometimes I order a meal for two and surprise him by handing him over half of it. He accepts it shyly, with his head bent and a wide grin marking half his face. It’s an unspoken friendship. Taking a bird’s eye view you realize that there are so many underprivileged kids like him who could benefit from these small acts of kindness. In Hunger Games, for example, Peeta gave Katniss a loaf of bread when she was starving. Later on, a remark made by her has stuck with me – “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope .” There are countless people who depend on people like us, who can afford to contribute, even if it’s a meager sum to improve their lives. Unlike us, they don’t have the audacity to think beyond filling their bellies. The only instruction that they’ve gotten from life itself is “Here’s some advice. Stay alive.”

– Guntaas Chugh

Ashu Aspires to be a Doctor!

“First step towards achieving big is dreaming big”

One of Feeding India’s beneficiaries, Ashu from an area near Basai Chowk thinks the same. Ashu is in 5th standard and wants to be a doctor. When asked about his dream he prompted,” I want to be a doctor and want to cure my grandfather’s eye so that he can see me doing good in life like he always wanted”. His mother does the tailoring duty and his father unloads trucks. As a preschooler, he usually spent his days playing and enjoying with his grandfather because his parents had to go for duty to earn.

Ashu used to study in a government school before he took a long leave to take care of his grandfather. As a consequence, his name was struck off the rolls. This was a big setback as what seemed to be the only door towards his goal was closed. As recommended by his uncle he then took admission into Max Vision School where he is served meals daily and was delighted to find a good company of friends as well. Feeding India volunteers regularly visit the school and organize different activities and interactive sessions for the students. The wholesome meal includes Chapattis, Rice, Sabzi, Dall & a Desert.  He loves Bhindi ki sabzi and eagerly awaits for the day when he is served this vegetable.

A student with keen interest in academics lists Science, EVS and English as his favorite subjects. He has a clear vision in mind of him wearing a white long lab coat and entering the hospitals for treating the patients.

He is studying very hard to help others in the future. We need more such souls, don’t we? Unlike others, Ashu is not only good in academics but also in co-curricular activities. It’s heart touching to meet such souls. These are the ones who make us believe that the future is going to be beautiful. Feeding India wishes Ashu luck and success at his way.

Mann ki Tamanna Done Right!

FB_IMG_1508025668369.jpgEveryone love pizzas don’t we ? It has become one of the most common snack while hanging out with family and friends.

What’s common for us is an aspiration of millions of underprivileged kids who cannot even afford to save themselves a square meal a day.

Rohan Bhatt a food lover by heart and food blogger by profession came across Feeding India and was amazed to see the young hunger heros rescuing loads of excess food from restaurants daily.

Soon knowing about the World Food Week celebration, he decided to get on board and fulfill the wishes of some unfortunate kids for always desired of having pizzas but never had.FB_IMG_1508025674942.jpg

It was a fun day with both Rohan and Feeding India Hunger Heroes participated in preparing the dough to distributing the final version to the kids.

100s of unfortunate kids had pizzas for the first time. It was an amazing experience. I appeal to all the people in the community to step forward and feel the Joy of Giving.

Feeding India team Ahmedabad look forward to hosting many such events and spreading countless smiles.

 

 

 

 

 

#BeAHungerHero – Make Your Pre-Diwali Celebration Unique at Flea Fly Flu 2017.

Be A Hunger Hero

 

This year Feeding India and X5Retail have collaborated to add some social responsibility to your fun-filled pre-Diwali celebrations.

During this World Food Week, Feeding India has launched a movement to involve different stakeholders from chefs to citizens with the aim of reducing food wastage and creating an overall awareness about the menace of hunger.

X5 Retail has joined hands with Feeding India to make a difference by setting up a dedicated stall at the Flea Fly Flu event at Andheri sports club from 13-15 October. So, you have a fantastic chance to shop, eat, enjoy at the event and yet do your bit for the society without much effort.

Come join us as we Have some amazing activities and games planned for you. You can also meet our volunteers and sign up to be a #HungerHero.

As a great leader once said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  It is time, we change our ways to ensure no one ever goes to sleep hungry. So, a part of this initiative and help us fight hunger and #BeAHungerHero.

See you at the Feeding India stall at Flea Fly Flu this weekend!

Do We Waste Food?

India, today, is a formidable superpower and a worthy influencer at the global stage. We went from a third world colonial storehouse to the G20 and then the G4, in less than a century. We successfully mechanized our industries, liberalized, privatized, globalized our economy and digitized our world. While we continue to celebrate our economic and political triumphs, we fail to take note of the chinks in our armor.

In a country of more than 1.3 billion people, almost 22% of us are forced to live in despicable conditions, earning less than ₹ 82 per day. For this section of our population, sustenance is a daily struggle, necessities are luxuries and luxuries are simply a farce. They struggle to make ends meet as they are forced to sleep on footpaths, in tatters, on an empty stomach.

The statistics of food wastage are staggering and shocking.

  • Today, the world produces 10% more food than is needed to feed everyone. But more than 30% of the food produced around the world never makes it to a plate and gets wasted.
  • One-quarter of the worlds undernourished live in India. Around 67 million tonnes of food is wasted in India every year, worth Rs 92,000 crore, which is nearly two-thirds of the amount that the government needs to feed 600 million poor Indians under the National Food Security programme.
  • In our country, nearly 40% of the total produce is wasted every year. We waste as much food as is consumed by the United Kingdom.
  • To produce the food which ultimately gets wasted, India is estimated to use as much fresh water as is enough to provide drinking water in Egypt for an entire year.

We’re all aware of the dismal state of affairs, yet somehow we fall back to our old ways, by wasting large amounts of food, which can be used to feed those in dire need. Knowingly or unknowingly we take more than we need and end up wasting a large chunk of food. In the literal sense, most of the times, we bite off more than we can chew. However, the vast majority of us seem indifferent towards this food waste. Our apathy stems from the belief that it’s the government, not us, that must provide for those who really need it. We fail to realize that the fight against chronic hunger is as much our fight as it is the governments’.

To bring about a change, we need to sensitise people around us about the grave problem of food wastage in our country. Only then can we all join hands to reduce food wastage by undertaking various measures. This needs cooperation and commitment on the part of all stakeholders, by contributing towards the development of sustainable ways of not only reducing food waste but also collecting and redirecting leftover food to the needy.

Hence, Feeding India encourages one and all to step up and be the change they want to see. This World Food Week, join India’s largest movement to end food waste and hunger. We need your support!

Kajal: A girl who figured out life at the age of 12!

At her mere age of 12, many children dream of becoming a superhero and fantasize of saving the world. Many have a rhetoric answer in store of growing up to be a doctor, engineer or a pilot. To be fair, many children at this small age don’t even start thinking of potential careers as they are too busy watching kid’s shows. But to our delight in one of the schools where Feeding India provides regular mid-day meals, we found a gem. Kajal Kumari of Max Vision School currently studying in 6th grade aspires to be a police officer when she stands on her own feet, fully aware of the struggles and hardships which will come down her lane as she has seen reality up close in the meager income of her parents through roadside tailoring who despite their best efforts can’t provide her all that she needs.

When we asked her why she wants to be a real hero instead of a reel hero, she replied back with a straight face, “I have seen grown up people talk about police officers negatively, yet I have always studied that they’re meant to protect us from criminals and goons. If I become a police officer I can show them that not all police officers are bad, and the ones who are bad indeed can be corrected”. This response was enough for us to reaffirm our positive thoughts about her. We were idealistic about her future but she knew how to be realistic about her present.

When we asked her about her favorite food she started smiling and replied back, “My choice is very different from other children in this regard, I like roti and sabzi and I am glad I can have it here in the school itself, one worry less for my parents.”

We asked her more questions but at no point it seemed as if we were talking to a 12 year old girl. She seemed a lot mature for her age.

In the end, we can’t express how grateful we feel when we come across our beneficiaries such as Kajal. It provides us with immense joy to know that we can improve lives by doing so little. And honestly, when a 12 year old girl comes up to us and lets us know how her life got better by our actions, that’s when we feel we have transformed the world. We wish Kajal all the best for her future endeavors!

Be a Hunger Hero