Submitted by alvin on Sun, 2016-05-01 08:51 Bengaluru: Two employees of an MNC have joined hands with a restaurant owner and set up a food bank where people can deliver leftover or excess food, for feeding the needy.Sohini Bagchi and Hemanth Kumar, in collaboration with eatery owner Zakir Hussain have come up with the idea of food bank to ensure that food does not go waste, but feeds those that need it.Sohini and Hemanth were at a restaurant when a child walked in and begged for food. Moved by the scene, Sohini and Hemanth decided to do something about it.They spoke to Zakir Hussain, owner of Dawood’s Kitchen near Garden City College at KR Puram. The result was the food bank at Dawood’s Kitchen. Whoever having extra or leftover food at home can drop it at the counter. Zakir Hussain has provided a refrigerator to keep the food so that food won’t get spoilt.The initiative is named ‘Humanity Begins When the Hungry are Fed’.“Realising the value of food, we decided that will collect all leftover food and distribute it among needy. But it is technically not possible as we work in an MNC. So we consulted Zakir and he happily agreed and provided a refrigerator and a counter at his own restaurant,” said Sohini Bagchi. “I get about hundreds of walking customers and they waste much of food, which we dump in dustbins. Now I can ask same customers to not to waste food and return the excess food to us, so I can distribute it among the economically weaker families in the neighbourhood. Even students, who can’t pay for their food, can pick it up,” said Zakir.KR Puram area has many colleges, and many students, who visit nearby restaurants, tend to waste food. Now they can pack excess food and drop it at the food bank counter. Those who are not able to afford to pay for food can pick this food. Even other restaurants can drop excess food here, said Zakir adding that “Either way, we can feed the hungry.”Hemanth plans to extend the initiative in some other areas in city where more of the economically weaker families reside.“It is an initiative to motivate other hoteliers and we will print hand bills to spread the idea. So others can also set up food counters or send leftover food to nearby food banks,” Hemanth added.