No one should sleep hungry
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.
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).