Bhubaneswar, August 17 (LocalWire): The first food bank initiated by So Am I Foundation (SAI) Trust, a not-for-profit social organization, under its hunger-free Odisha initiative was inaugurated today.
Ms Padmini Sahoo, IPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police Bhubaneswar-Cuttack along with Padmashree Debiprasanna Pattnayak, noted linguist and former additional Secretary, MHRD, graced the occasion as chief guests.
The initiative wants to fight hunger and malnutrition and control food wastage in the state by channelising excess food from individuals, weddings, restaurants, corporate offices and reach the people who really need it and have no means or access to food.
Speaking on the initiative, Pinaki Mohanty, founder of SAI said, ‘India comes first in hunger list globally and Odisha also continues to be one of the poorest states with 1/6th of its population deprived of sufficient food. Around 250 million Indians go to bed hungry every night. Keeping this in mind, we at SAI want to ensure no individual in the state is deprived of food.’
To donate excess food has to call SAI and bring the food to the nearest food bank.
If one is indisposed, volunteers will go and collect the food.
The food is preserved in food banks in a very hygienic and systematic manner.
SAI distributes the foods after warming them in the kitchen and serve it to the needy through its volunteers.
Initially, the first bank has come up in Acharya Vihar and other food banks are being planned at Rasulgharh and Forest Park.
Apart from this, one can also create a food bank in the name of one’s loved ones by donating a big refrigerator worth Rs 80,000 and operating and management cost of Rs 48,000 per annum.
Co-founder Dr Chidatmika Khatua, a well-known social activist is leading the hunger free Odisha movement.
SAI’s objective is to kill hunger from the state by making it hunger-free by 2025.
The organization is further planning to establish a strong and efficient network of food banks across the state so that every district has access to at least one food bank by 2025.