Indian restaurant provides a free-food fridge to help those in need
The Indian people have long struggled with worsening economic conditions and the country has seen a rising number of people living in the slums.
Recently, Minu Pauline, the owner of a popular restaurant located in Kochi, India, has created a food sharing project aimed towards the homeless or impoverished people in Kochi.
The idea was formed when she witnessed a homeless woman searching through a trashcan for food, she believed the woman had been woken by her extreme hunger pains and had to search for food instead.
Knowing that her restaurant usually had a lot of leftover food at the end of the day helped her realize that it was possible to give the food to those in need rather than throwing it away.
She installed a “free-food” fridge, which she has nicknamed “the tree of goodness”, outside her restaurant and it is open 24/7. She urges those that are in need to feel no shame and help themselves, no questions asked.
Minu donates up to 80 portions of food per day and has urged others to do the same. Many local restaurants, families living nearby, customers of her restaurant and people who acknowledge the great cause also contribute regularly with portions of food.
Even with all the donations, there is no worry about the food going bad and the fridge needs constant restocking. Minu’s insight has helped many nearby families feed their children, creating a positive situation for the homeless and poor of Kochi.
In an interview with the Huffington Post she said: “Money is yours… But resources belong to society. That’s the message I want to send out. If you’re wasting your money, it’s your money, but you’re wasting society’s resources.”