September 14, 2015
Facebook group Mom’s Kitchen brought friends Murk Selvi, Tony Anand Singh and Senthil Ganesh from Coimbatore in touch with Alfred Jose from Chennai. Three friends from Coimbatore who were inspired by Alfred’s ‘feast on streets’ concept so much so that they have started this in Coimbatore.
Alfred, the 35-year-old trainer from Chennai is a foodie himself. He considers himself fortunate to be able to eat all three meals every day. He is involved in the job of offering soft skill and management training. His clients include members of corporate houses and educational institutions. Alfred’s job requires him to travel to many places. While he drives around in his car, the sight of hungry people on the streets saddens him. Thus was born the idea of making one healthy and nutritious meal available to them.
From the year 2011, Alfred has been distributing packets of food to such people on the streets of Chennai. It was in March this year that he decided to take this concept to the next level. With a little help from his friends and a lot of planning, ‘feast on streets’ has gotten bigger and better. “We have divided Chennai city into four parts. Every Thursday, with the help of a group of volunteers we distribute packets of food to needy people of that particular area.” Alfred says.
Back home in Coimbatore, ‘feast on streets’ started by three friends just a week ago, has received tremendous contribution. “About 190 packets of food, 200 packets of biscuits, three cases of water bottles, blankets and fruits were distributed to the needy people on the streets.” Alfred says. The group of friends went around areas like railway station and CMCH distributing food packets and water.
‘Feast on streets’ is not an NGO, a formal group or an organization. Contributions in form of cash, food packets, fruits, biscuit packets and blankets are welcome. The group can be contacted at 80562-11279.