October 5, 2015
Believe it or not, but 80,50,00,000 is the number of people who are hungry across the world, of which 300 crores are children. Tragically, 130 crores die of hunger every year. No Food Waste NGO was formed with the intention of trying to solve the problem of hunger in Coimbatore. The NGO collects excess food from homes, commercial establishments, and private and public functions, and distributes it among those who are unable to afford food.
October 16 is celebrated as World Food Day. In order to inspire more people to act against hunger, the Coimbatore-based NGO launched their portal, www.zerohungerhour.com, today by Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee of Siruthuli.
Founder of the NGO, A.G. Padmanabhan urged people to do whatever they can in order to eradicate hunger. “16 October, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm is declared as zero-hunger hour. During this hour, we must do our bit by feeding the needy,” he said. He informed the gathering that the web portal has a provision where people can share their personal stories on how they made a difference.
“Hunger is the most painful and crippling feeling that can happen to anyone. Zero-hunger hour is a wonderful initiative to solve the problem of hunger. Let us all stand up for the cause and let the practice begin at home,” Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee of Siruthuli said. She appreciated the good work of the NGO and its team of volunteers.
Also appreciative of their good work was K. Vijayakarthikeyan, Commissioner, Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation. “We have enough numbers to show how many people across the globe need help. It is about time we did something to find a solution. When vision meets the right technology, we can do wonders. Hats off to the team for its wonderful work!” Vijayakarthikeyan said.
The Corporation Commissioner also launched the app called No Food Waste. This app has identified 42 hunger spots in the city. Commercial establishments, homes, private and public gatherings can feed the needy at the point that is closest to their location.
The hash tag, Zero Hunger Hour, was also launched by the Commissioner.