May 28, 2017
A foundation that started with zero investment and runs on no other investment than fresh cooked meals from homes is Food Bank of Coimbatore. The Good Run programme was organized today by the NGO. Volunteers, children and parents came forward to collect fresh home-made food packets, serve the food to needy and create awareness about not wasting food.
Vaishnavi Balaji, the founder of the NGO credits Senha Mahandoss of Chennai for inspiring her to take this up and said, “This is started with the help of people not with the help of money. The donors and volunteers, come forward with the help they can do such as giving food items, go for food runs, manage the events, etc.”
Well, she has no dearth for good volunteers because the first ones to arrive with 47 food packets was the lovely couple in their 70s and 80s, V. Ramanathan and R. Vishalakshi. When we learnt that they have been active donors, Vishalakshi said, “We have enough food and want to give to others too”.
The awareness programme for children was handled by Priya Muralidharan, a storyteller by profession. The children of age groups 4 to 15 years listened with rapt attention as she explained how important it is to share food and how it will benefit kids like them. The children and the parents even signed a will which says that they will not waste their food and would provide for needy.
In a world where 795 million people do not have enough food, these NGOs have taken a step towards erasing hunger. Shalini Sreenivasan, mother of a 7-year-old boy in the programme believed that it is a good initiative which tells children how to handle their food and imbibe values of sharing in them. “They asked us to keep the will in the hall so that it can be seen by the children daily and realize the value”, she adds.
V Jhansirani and R Indumathi, two volunteers believed in using their Sunday for a cause rather than wasting their time idly. “The thing we can share easily is food. We are happy to see their reactions”, they say, with a smile on their face. An Intern in Siruthuli, Yannic Hinrichs from Germany also participated in the event surprising the locals. “The reaction of people is priceless. When they see us, they understand that it is not just the native people but also people from other countries who are there for them”, he states.
This is an NGO that makes a difference because at the end of it, S Anandkrishna, a participant said, “Now I will try not to waste the food and share it with others”.