Chandigarh: This Thursday morning was the best day of Urvashi’s life as she got a box of tasty briyani, she wanted to have since long. While Suraj was jumping around with a plate of paneer and Dal Makhni. Pooja, on the other hand, seemed (seven) very happy after she got a packet bag of chocolates and fruits. These kids did not ask for much. All thanks to the Young Brigade from feeding India who distributed food among these kids, which they always dreamt of eating.
On Thursday morning Akshat Mittal,Vibha Gangal, Meha, Rhea Mathur, Anjali Gulati, Vinnie – students from city’s various colleges became the angels of about 350 people around the city after they donated various food items to them.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Post, the students said, “Whenever we arrange any party, most of us have a habit of dumping all the leftover food in a huge garbage bag and throw it away. Have we ever thought that the dumped food could feed 1,000 people?” questioned Vibha Gangal, one of the volunteers and a student of MCM College, Chandigarh. “So with the aim of spreading awareness that the wasted food we joined the Feeding India- focusing on eradicating food wastage and hunger,” added Vibha.
“We wanted to celebrate this World Food Week in a unique manner so we decided that we would be distributing the food. We collected the leftover food from German Bakers and Amay and distributed it among the especially abled kids at Vatika Special School, traffic lights, slums of 38 West, and the kids begging at Sector 34, “says Anjali Gulati, another volunteer.
“We mostly distribute the food immediately after collecting it. The Feeding India team also has a team of experts who test the food’s quality before it is donated,” added Anjali. “We can’t tell you what satisfaction you get when you see the happiness on the faces of these underprivileged kids, it’s not less than conquering the world,” said, Rhea Mathur, another volunteer.
Founded in August 2014 by Ankit Kawatra, the Feeding India has a network of 750 Hunger Heroes in 20 cities, who have fed 2.5 lakh hungry people already. The NGO also runs 24×7 helpline that people could call whenever they wanted to donate excess food. The NGO also runs a helpline to donate any excess food- 098711 78810.
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