Two voluntary organizations installed a community refrigerator in front of a restaurant at Sainik School square in Bhubaneswar to feed hungry people of the smart city. People, who have surplus food, can donate to the fridge instead of throwing it.
Named ‘Annapurna Community Fridge Project’, the aim behind it is to collect surplus food items from donors, restaurants and hotels and store them in the refrigerator. This would then be served to the needy people free of cost. The foods will undergo a quality check before being given to the people. The community fridge was inaugurated by Bhubaneswar (North) MLA Priyadarshi Mishra.
The initiative is jointly taken by two organizations- Bhubaneswar Knights Round Table (BKRT) and Bhubaneswar Queens Ladies Circle (BQLC). They named the community fridge initiative as ‘Annapurna’.
The motive of the initiative is to eliminate food wastage and feed the hungry people. “We don’t want anyone to sleep hungry in pain or worry about food,” said Anuradha Vishesh Agrawal, chairperson of BQLC.
“It is a noble initiative. Surplus food items which would have gone waste or dumped in the dustbin can now be served to the needy in a very dignified manner. There shall be strict quality check of the stored foodstuffs before being served to the beneficiaries,” said MLA Priyadarshi Mishra. The two voluntary organisations have planned to install four more fridges at Patia, Saheed Nagar, Old Town and Bhubaneswar Railway Station in the city.