Bhopal: MANIT students collect leftovers to feed the needy
The sight of a bunch of well-clad engineering students with utensils in their hands seeking leftovers from theBhopal’s marriage gardens and eating joints may take you by surprise.Updated: Feb 09, 2016, 19:17 IST
The sight of a bunch of well-clad engineering students with utensils in their hands seeking leftovers from the Bhopal’s marriage gardens and eating joints may take you by surprise.
But they have a purpose: they collect the leftovers which otherwise would have gone to the Lower Lake through drains and dish it out to the hungry who hit the hay on footpaths.
A team of four students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) launched the campaign ‘Feed the Hungry’ on the day of Diwali last year under the guidance of an assistant professor Krishnakant Rai.
A member of the team Naveen Verma says, “Initially, we would collect the leftovers of our hostels and serve it to those who kip on footpaths near Sultania Hospital. As the campaign has received good response, we decided to contact the marriage halls and restaurants to give us the leftovers to feed the hungry.”
Another member of the team Badrish Shukla, a final year student of NIT, says, “We will soon start picking up leftovers from restaurants, marriage gardens and hotels to cover large other parts of the city.”
“The leftovers which would have otherwise gone to drains feed over 200 people daily,” Shukla adds.
Verma says, “By serving the leftovers, we try to serve nutritious food which costs dear these days as prices of eatables especially pulses are going through the roof. Due to high price, people can’t afford pulses and vegetables in their meal.”