A Public Fridge in front of a restaurant in Kochi: allows donation of food to the dispossessed
A Public fridge kept in front of ‘Pappada Vada’ a restaurant in Kochi, is promoting charity by allowing kindhearted people to donate food to the dispossessed through this public fridge. People can donate food at any time in this public fridge as it is offering 24 hours service. As the public fridge symbolizes service to the needy it is given the name “Nanma Maram”. The left over food in the restaurant is packed and kept in the public fridge, which is later provided to the homeless.
Minu Pauline is the owner of Pappadavada, a popular food joint in Kochi, with a second branch in MG Road. For her a public fridge is a solution offering food to the needy by preventing the wastage of food. Her restaurant keeps 50 packets of food daily so any needy person can go to their restaurant at any time and can have food.
“We bear the cost of the fridge and the electricity, and keep it open for 24 hours a day, every day,” she says
Any well-wishers can donate food in this public fridge. This is its specialty! One thing is compulsory that the food should be neatly packed, fresh and clean. Then only one can place it in the fridge. Minu is very adamant about the hygiene of the food donated. The owners of the restaurant do not compel any one to have food from their restaurant still they can donate food to the needy.
We are wasting lots of food in our daily life. If it is used in feeding the poor, it will potentially save their lives. By donating food the beneficiaries will feel good and we ourselves also feel good. In return we will be rewarded with everlasting happiness.
The initiative taken by the faculties of the Pappada Vada restaurant is inspiring. Two messages are hidden behind this public fridge. One is that we must show a little concern towards the suffering fellow beings around us and the other is not to waste food. In our country there are lots of people who are really struggling out of poverty and hunger. For them delicious food are often out of sight. So try to donate the excess food to the needy.
Minu says, “Food is a precious gift from nature, and people should not waste it. The sole purpose of this initiative is to give this food that is in excess for some, to those who are less fortunate to buy it.”
Act of keeping a Public fridge in front of a restaurant is really appreciable. Hope this
Nanma Maram will get rid of the hunger of as much needy people as it can!