It is so easy…
I remember the day very clearly . I was waiting outside an elevator which required an operator clicker . I called my friend to bail me out and as usual he asked me to wait till he finished with his nature’s call.
While I waited there endlessly , I saw this girl struggling with a big bag and trying hard to pull it towards the elevator. While I stood there looking around for someone to help me get into the elevator ,she had realized that I didn’t have the clicker and offered to bail me out. I did play my part helping her with her huge bag. (Trust me I couldn’t pull it , but I had to put up a brave face…)This led to a casual talk around where we were from ,what we did for a living and so on . I remember she had asked me if ‘I liked what I did’ when I told her I worked as a software engineer. Not many people ask this question , as the usual is ‘How much you earn .?’
Very casually she mentioned that she heads a ‘Startup’ which aims to fight hunger and wants to avoid food wastage.At first I really thought it must be the one of the many startups the Bay area has and didn’t give it much thought.
I became friends with her on FB. And as time went by , I saw her ‘shares’ about the activities of her Startup (Feeding Forward.com).I was intrigued by her work and visited the website to find out more.As the webpage said , they were fighting the ‘World’s dumbest problem-Hunger’.
According to WFP ,around 795 million people in the world do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life.I was shocked to find out 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
Sadly , India is home to the highest number of hungry people in the world, at 194 million.I can go on with these disturbing statistics on hunger…
Feeding Forward(https://www.gocopia.com/) is an perfect example of how people can use technology to fight hunger.It has a very simple model.
- Request a pick up when u have excess food. (They have a mobile app.(iOS/Andriod))Isn’t that cool !
- A Food hero will pick up and deliver the food to a nearby shelter.
Similar initiatives have also begun in India. Websites like feedingindia.net, have a launched a helpline to donate any excess food that you may have.Call them on - 098711 78810.
In Mumbai , you can call the Dabbawallas .They have set up two helpline numbers on which any Individual can call to schedule a pick-up of leftover food.Call them on +919867221310/+91865276042.
So, why not take a step forward and use technology to play your part in solving the world’s dumbest problem . Just download the app / make a call and schedule a pick up for the leftover food you may have after a party or a marriage function.It is so easy…