Residents of Andheri, Mumbai have set up a community fridge to provide food to the underprivileged and to curb food wastage. The food is provided by local eateries and people living in residential societies. The food can be taken from 1pm to 2:30pm and 7pm to 9:30pm in the evenings.
Such community fridges have also been installed in Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Kochi Gurugram etc.
India ranks 102 out of 117 countries according to the Global Hunger Index. 40% of food produced in India is either lost or wasted which is enough to feed 45 million people.
The initiative was started by the residents of Andheri and Versova Welfare Association. The aim is to check food wastage and use the extra food to feed the needy. Speaking to ANI, Afzal Ansari, who uses the community fridge said, ‘We come here at 12 o’clock for food. We get it by 1 PM to 2 PM. We are happy to get food as we are jobless.’ The food is provided by nearby eateries, residents of the area and members of the Versova Welfare Society.