Every year, roughly one-third of the food produced across the globe goes unused or wasted, that would be approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of edible food. Enough to feed all those poor people who starve to death around the world.
Taking initiative to tackle the problem of food wastage in a sustainable manner, Shilparamam district of Hyderabad have set have set up public refrigerators in different locations of the town.
Under “Feed the Need” banner of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), currently, three refrigerators are installed to assist those in need of food. These setups make free food accessible around the clock to anyone who is hungry and cannot afford it.
“GHMC has taken this initiative to feed anyone in hunger. At present three public refrigerators are launched and 10 more to be done. With the response from the public, GHMC will probably put out more refrigerator units in the city.”
In collaboration with a voluntary organisation, Apple homes, each of the refrigerator units has been set up at a cost of Rs. 1.5 lakh.
According to Dr Neelima Arya, the founder of Apple Homes, the project not only aims at the poorer sections of the society, but it also serves the needy irrespective of their background. Anyone can pick up water, fruit or anything edible from the refrigerator as and when they are in need of it and the items are not accessible otherwise.
At present, one refrigerator was set at Shilparamam and 9 more are to be installed in different areas of the city. 100 more refrigerators are expected to be set up across the city in due course of time.
The shortlisted areas to be covered under the project are Shilparamam, Nilouferl, Basavaratha hospital, ESIC hospital, and Chanda Nagar metro station.
To involve the public and corporates equally in the initiative, the GHMC has directed the residents of Shilparamam to donate food from their homes and the restaurants in the locality to stock the units with their excessive food.
By 2030, the United Nations have directed the nations across the globe to cut down their food waste to 50 per cent. GHMC is a reminder to the Indian government to take up the issue and start working on it in a larger scale.