Rs 40 Lakh Worth Of Food Saved & Distributed To The Homeless, Thanks To
Dabbawalas Of Mumbai!
It's 2018 and for most people eating a meal out of a 'Dabba' may seem too
antiquated, but for millions who live in Mumbai, Dabbawalas are synonymous with
People who leave home in quest of a better future, those who forget their
tiffins, those who stay alone and many others who just can't bring their own
meals, Dabbawalas have been a constant support with home-like food, every day,
around the year.
But this isn't the only thing they are famous for. Their magnanimous yet so
well-articulated system has been serving as a case study in many top B-schools,
yet, there is so much more to them. In December 2015, the Mumbai Dabbawala
Association (MDA) came up with a plan to feed the destitute, needy and homeless
people of the city.
This initiative gave birth to the 'Roti Bank' - an association collects
leftover food from functions and distributes it among the poor. Since its
advent, their waste management drive has saved Rs 40 lakh worth of food from
"From the eyes of dabbawalas, Mumbai as a city has two different sides. On one
hand are the well-to-do families which generate humongous food waste and on the
other hand is the downtrodden society that cannot even afford one meal in a
day. Being one of the largest food delivery services in India, we thought it
was our duty to bridge the gap between two and thus was born Roti Bank" said
Subhash Talekar, the man behind the initiative, reports NDTV.
The MDA team has collaborated with many caterers, wedding planners and food
joints across Mumbai. They also accept donations from individuals, communities
or anyone who wants to help feed people. They then travel to different
locations, collect food, check its hygienic standards and then distribute it
within the next 3-4 hours.
On an average, they serve 300-400 people on a daily basis.
They go to hospitals, railway stations, slums, religious institutes and
everywhere else that catches their eye. They engage themselves in drives,
initiatives, events and encourage people to donate more and waste less food.
In the same vein, they have also kickstarted a 'Clothing Bank', collecting
discarded clothes for the same purpose. It's quite amazing the kind of ambition
the MDA team has taken for the welfare of people.
It is heartwarming to see what we as humans can do for our fellow beings if we
have the right intent. Thanks to these guys lesser people sleep on an empty
stomach and if join hands, maybe, one day, no one will go hungry. We salute the
spirit and deeds of the dabbawalas! You guys are awesome.
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