Feeding hungry is their Swabhimaan

Feeding hungry is their Swabhimaan

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-03-22 17:23 Bengaluru: Shaheen Taj (40) worked as a maid to look after her six children. Still, she could not afford to ensure three square meals for her kids. But, for the past one-and-half-month, she is the happiest mother as she and her children enjoy a good healthy meal, courtesy Swabhimaan.This non-government organisation has been feeding the hungry from the food that would otherwise end up at dustbin either as as waste or extra food from Intuit, a software firm. So much was the food wasted there that it could have easily fed 300 hungry stomachs. When Venkataraman Iyer – of Koramangala – heard this from one of his friends – who worked at that firm – vowed to feed hundreds of slum-dwellers at Rajendranagar and Laxman Rao Nagar in Koramangala. Soon, he set a meeting with the company and everything fell in its place."We took the firm into confidence. Despite with over 1,100 employees, the company was struggling to cope with excess food. Besides, the food provided for over 200 employees – free of cost – would go waste as few would get lunch boxes,” said Iyer.Iyer and his friends identified 300 dwellers in those two areas as beneficiaries and issued them identity cards to avoid confusion about genuine beneficiaries. Food is served five days a week from 3 pm to 5 pm."I take containers and bring food from distribution point. My children are happy today and so am I. When I see my children feasting on the food I just cant thank Swabhimaan enough,” said Shaheen. The meal plate will have vegetable rice, plain rice, roti accompanied by side dish.Even Kannan and his wife – both aged 70 – depend on Swabhimaan for food. They have none to take care of them and live in a shanty shed at Laxman Rao Nagar slum.The Swabhimaan’s initiative has inspired a few employees of the firm, who volunteer to feed the hungry, said Ravi I, an employee of Intuit.Apart from feeding the hungry, the NGO also conducts free health camps for the slum dwellers. It is in the process of approaching more such organisations to scale up this mission to make Bengaluru a hunger-free city. Swabhimaan can be reached at -9945436757.Watch Video: