Kochi Restaurant Installs Public Fridge For Needy People
Pappada Vada, a restaurant in Kochi, has set the best example any restaurant could set. We’ve always wondered what happens to the leftover food in restaurants, some just dump it in dustbins, while some like Minu Pauline decide to give the universe something really special in return – the gift of food.
The idea of was mooted by Minu Pauline, who runs the food-joint in Kochi’s Kaloor. Minu said she was inspired by the ‘Coffee on the Wall’ system which is prevalent in many countries. She however felt that more than paying for someone else, it would be better if people could bring their left-over food from their homes.
What’s more, 50 food packets would be stocked by the restaurant everyday and the ones who don’t have food or can’t afford it can access the fridge and satisfy their hunger. The restaurant will be responsible for the functioning of the refrigerator and has made a request to the citizens that they bring extra food and keep it in Nanma Maram.
“I have seen a lot of people in the city go hungry, because they couldn’t afford to buy food, and I felt I should do something for them”, Minu said.
She also added that anyone who is unable to buy themselves a meal can avail the food from ‘Nanma Maram’ anytime they feel so.
Pappadavad, other than running the expense of the refrigerator also contributes fifty food packets everyday to the initiative. Those leaving food packets in the refrigerator are asked to write the date of packing, so that they only provide fresh food.
Minu said the scheme have received good response from the public so far, with many people coming forward to contribute.
While some were willing to buy food from outside to deposit in the refrigerator, Minu said she encourages people to bring the left-over food from their home, which would otherwise go waste.
“One day I saw an elderly woman, taking a food packet from the refrigerator. There were some balloons next to the refrigerator, and she took one of them too. Just out of curiosity I asked why was she taking the balloon. Then I saw a small girl, the woman’s grand-child near her. The balloon was for her”
Minu described a moving incident, saying that the smiles on their faces were her biggest satisfaction in doing this.
Minu, who quit her job in a bank in 2013 to launch her food joint, feels ‘Nanma Maram’ is her way of giving back something to the city, which she said gave her a lot.