About Us

About Us

No one should sleep hungry

Roti Bank

In India, an estimated 20 crore people sleep hungry daily and about 3,000 infants die due to malnutrition and hunger every day. On the other side of this scene is one where there is huge wastage of food at events and parties. To bridge the gap Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA), started on a small scale collecting left over foods in smaller lot (3-5 meals). On 23rd Dec 2017, under the mentorship of Mr D Sivanandhan, Ex Police Commissioner, Mumbai, and Mr Nitin Khanapurkar, Corporate Professional, resources were mobilized to expand this set-up manifold. The NGO collects food which otherwise goes wasted at events and functions, sometimes even from households and redistributes this to thousands of people in slums and on footpath. The NGO has a dedicated helpline to ensure that calls for leftover food are serviced, food is picked up and redistributed Mr Sivanandhan donated the first van for the project at the Lower Parel station to kick start the scheme; plans are underway to roll out additional vehicles shortly. Many of the people being served are children and working adults earning minimum wages, who need assistance to make ends meet. The trust under which this initiative began has now been registered in May 2018 as ‘Roti Foundation Mumbai’ and the team behind this social activity is ready to scale up significantly.


We are a food rescue organization. We pick up freshly prepared food from regulated food businesses, such as hotels, arenas, and cafeterias, and deliver it safely to serve the hungry. It is a simple concept with a simple solution.

Many of the people being served are children and working adults earning minimum wage, who need assistance to make ends meet. It is essential that we redirect perfectly edible surplus food away from the landfill to the people who really need it.

Our Mission

The non-profit initiative aims at preventing food wastage at weddings and functions by collecting excess food and distributing it among the homeless and needy. The acclaimed tiffin delivery network achieves this with the help of dabbawalas who, after their work hours, take part in collection and re-distribution of leftover food.

Roti Bank Van

We are pleased to inform you that first Mumbai Roti Bank van inaugurated by the Former Director General of Police, Shri D. Sivanandhan outside Lower Parel station at 1130 am on 23rd of December with the help of Mumbai Dabbawala Association (MDA).

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Daily Reach Count


Food Distribution

Fight hunger eliminates waste food!
Every small step of yours can fill an
empty plate
Think about it!
The Team

The Team

Meet the team
Behind the project

Dhanushkodi Sivanandhan 


Mr. Sivanandan is a former Police Commissioner of Mumbai. His career with the Police force has many highlights. One of India’s most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers, he was also an active member of the special task force in the National Security Council Secretariat. Now retired, he is actively taking part in uplifting the community. He introduced a website for the city’s youth to connect to each other and grow as a network. He also helped the Thane Police School improve its facilities so that the children have better access to technology. As a mentor to the Mumbai Roti Bank, his vision and ideals have guided us in achieving our vision and helped us in trying to expand our operations.

Nitin Khanapurkar


Mr. Khanapurkar is an highly accomplished professional who has been a stalwart in the field of finance and accounting where he has worked as an chartered and cost accountant for over 25 years. He has been at the helm of many MNC’s such as Siemens, Deloitte and KPMG. Currently the global head of Governance at APEX Funds, London , Mr. Khanapurkar has always wanted to give something back to the community. He is the Chief Mentor of the National Society for equal opportunities for handicapped (NASEOH) where he has helped in the rehabilitation and the vocational training projects of physically challenged individuals. As one of the co-founders of the Mumbai Roti Bank, his mission is to eradicate hunger from India especially through redirecting excess food.

Prof Dr Natrajan


Dr. Natarajan is a renowned ophthalmologist who is the current CMD of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai. He hails from a long line of ophthalmologists and has worked in many prestigious organizations such as Sankara Netralaya, Chennai and Taparia Institute of Opthalmology, Mumbai. For his achievements in the field of medicine and for establishing Aditya Jyot as a leading eye institution in India, he was awarded the Padma Shri award. Dr. Natarajan , in his capacity as a trustee and as a humanitarian, has played a pivotal role in helping Mumbai Roti Bank grow as a organization.

Sushil Jivarajka


Mr. Sushil Jiwarajka, a prominent industrialist is the Chairman of Artheon Group of companies. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Essjay Ericsson Pvt. Ltd, a Joint Venture between himself and LM Ericsson of Sweden. He has also mentored and nurtured several young entrepreneurs, who are today running successful businesses. He works in the field of renewable enrgy and his goal is to power up those parts of the world whichare devoid of electricity. Mr. Jiwarajka has been invaluable as a trustee to our cause. His insights and business acumen have helped us establish our cause on firm ground.

Sanket Godbole


Mr. Godbole has over 17 year experience in the field of finance. He has worked with many MNC’s in India, Dubai and Singapore and has been instrumental in bolstering the financial progress of Hersheys India Pvt ltd, of whose he is the Finance Director since 2015. Mr. Godbole is the managing trustee of Mumbai Roti Bank and has contributed to it since its inception in December, 2017. His invaluable expertise in strategic planning and finance has helped us immensely in our crusade against hunger. With him at our helm we are confident that we can overcome all the obstacles we may encounter in the future.

Taral SK Parekh


Ms. Taral SK Parekh is a Cognitive Behavior Therapist, A personal coach to many individuals also for the beneficiaries of many nonprofit organizations across Mumbai , a Trainer for many corporate companies, educational institutions and for Indian Defense. She is also a founder of a start -up called- Adding Colors To Lives (ACTL), where the main focus is on emotional cleansing of human mind through CBT and is one of the trustees of Mumbai Roti Bank-NGO. She has also conducted various leadership workshops, Fitness seminars and Team building sessions for many eminent organizations such as RSR Mohota Groups, Hindalco, KPMG, JBCN, and Few others. She has also been featured in various medical journals and also in Indian Navy Magazine (2012).Overall she is a passionate mental health professional with a focus on making a difference in people’s lives and we are very fortunate to have her working alongside us as we endeavour to end hunger in India.



Ms. Gada is an IT professional who has been working in the industry for over 17 years. She has worked as Senior Auditor for Lehman Brothers and as Head – IT Governance of HDFC Bank . Ms Gada is a highly trained analyst and programmer who has been held in high regards by some of the leaders in information security. Ms. Gada is a trustee for the Mumbai Roti Bank and has contributed much to the cause. She has always been an active philanthropist and has been with us since the start. It was with her technical and logistical enterprise that Mumbai Roti Bank has been set along the course of making a difference in the society.

India has a serious hunger problem and ranks 100th out of 119 countries on the global hunger index

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Rank Position 100
Out of 119 Contries
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No one should sleep hungry
No food should get wasted.

1. We collect food from all available sources

2. We check for quality

3. We transport them to people

4. We distribute the food to the needy

Big Thank You To Our Supporting Organisations


We are tremendously supported by the Aarti Thakkar co-founder Logisyntax


Together We Can

Together We Can Feed The Hungry

Everyday enormous quantities of leftover food at marriages, parties and social gatherings gets wasted. This leftover food, which could have been a boon for homeless and hungry people, ends up been thrown away as garbage while many sleeps hungry on same street

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

You can help us in many ways
a few are below


Make Donation

You can support us by donating. it will help us to bring more food and keep them safe for distribution


Become a Volunteer

Be a good samaritan and help us to take this initiative further


Tell Your Friends About Us

Tell your friend and family about us so that next time someone know what to do with their leftovers.


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or the best pay us a visit.




Mumbai Maharashtra


+(91) 8655580001