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Residents of Gurgaon’s Sector-54 install a 24*7 community fridge to help the needy

A group of residents have installed a 24*7 community fridge to make food accessible for the needy people, and that too, free of cost.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 30, 2017 20:08 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
Community Fridge,Gurgaon,Residents
Samaritans from Gurgaon have installed a 24*7 community fridge in Gurgaon. The food is available free of cost for needy people.

The residents of Gurgaon have installed a 24*7 community fridge that’s for all and by all. Stationed at the exit gate of Suncity flats in Sector-54, Gurgaon since last Friday, the fridge is stocked with vegetarian and non-vegetarian food items, available free of cost for the needy. Anyone can donate food for it.

“This is part of a bigger initiative we are trying to implement in our society. We began waste management and segregating the dry waste that is recyclable. Over 30 families were involved in the initiative. While we were doing that, we thought of also working towards reducing our food waste,” says Gurgaon resident and IT professional Rahul Khera, one of the minds behind the initiative, Sharing Shelves, which attempts to reduce food wastage.

“We waited to get sponsorship from a brand, but when that didn’t materialise, we bought a display fridge with a glass door, posted about it on social media, and received an overwhelming response... On the first day, I went there a couple of times, and every time I went, I found new packets in the fridge,” he adds.

The community fridge is stationed at Suncity, sector -54, Gurgaon where anybody can donate food for the needy.

Recalling the reactions from passers-by, Khera says, “People asked things like ‘Sach mein free hai khana?’ and ‘Mujhe bhookh lagi hain, main yeh khana lelu?’... I’ve started speaking to auto drivers and vendors on the initiative. I tell them to accompany me, for them to really believe it.”

The good samaritans behind this concept encourage others to donate surplus food for the fridge, or start one of their own. “I’ve received response from several Gurgaon residents enquiring about it, as they want to do something similar in their society. People have called to even extend monetary help.We plan to expand it at other locations within and outside Suncity,” says Khera, who adds that they will soon have a sticker book encompassing green and red dots, kept next to the fridge. “We want it to be easy and accessible for the donors and the takers. We’ve collated guidelines for donors that include marking the date of produce, while also specifying if the food is veg or non-veg,” he adds.

Residents give a thumbs-up to the initiative. “Such initiatives are always wonderful. If executed properly, the right people get benefitted,” says Pooja Dalmia. Another resident, Deepti Mittal adds, “The concept is good, but really needs to take off all across India.”

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First Published: Jun 30, 2017 20:08 IST