One woman’s dream to feed the homeless became a reality for her restaurant in India.
World hunger and malnutrition has been a global epidemic since the beginning of time. The greatest famines in history are some of our species’ most recorded events. Countless pounds of usable food go to waste every day. When Minu Pauline decided to fulfil her dream of opening a restaurant, she was determined to guarantee that wouldn’t happen after customers left her doors.
Minu opened Pappadavada, a restaurant in Kochi, India. As one of the most poverty stricken countries in the world, India needed a change when it came to food policy. The young entrepreneur’s idea? To place a fridge outside her restaurant for the homeless to frequent. The fridge is powered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Not surprisingly, it doesn’t stay full for long. Minu herself even makes an effort to keep it as full as possible.
“There’s days when I put 75 to 80 portions of food from Pappadavada in the fridge…sometimes it’s 100 in there,” she said. “There are no limits.”
The restaurant owner wanted to provide an opportunity for her loyal guests to feed another hungry mouth. The idea came to Minu when she saw a woman shuffling through the trash desperately searching for a bite to eat. The idea that people lived their lives unsure of where their next meal would come from was heartbreaking to Minu.
“The woman had been sleeping and was woken up by her hunger, so she had to go in search of food instead of sleeping,” Minu remembers.
From then on, she focused her efforts on how to aid the starving and impoverished people in Kochi. She acknowledges that charities as well as soup kitchen, churches, and schools try their best to improve conditions. However, she knows it’s not quite enough to initiate global change. Even though her idea is a small drop in the bucket, it made national news. Minu was applauded for her efforts. Needless to say, she sparked a worldwide idea.
When asked why the thought of wasting food bothered her so intensely, Minu replied, “If you’re wasting your money, it’s your money, but you’re wasting the society’s resources.” The woman one day hopes to eradicate starvation. She’s leading the way with for hope in the future, one step at a time.
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Source: Huffington Post