Mumbai’s dabbawalas started ‘Roti Bank’ to feed the poor


Very often we have leftover food from the parties. In an attempt to prevent the wastage of food in the year end parties, wedding ceremonies and birthday parties, around 400 dabbawalas of Mumbai have started a ‘Roti Bank’. The Roti Bank that will not only reduce the wastage of food, but will also feed the poor and needy in the dream city, Mumbai.

Members of the Mumbai Jevandabbe Vahatuk Mahamandal have collaborated with 30 wedding planners and caterers. They have set up two helpline numbers on which anyone can call to pick-up the leftover food. The numbers are – +919867221310 and +918652760542.

Why should be the food dumped in the bin when it can be shared with those who cannot afford one proper meal a day? We are known for quickly reaching a location and delivering lunch boxes. We want to use the same skills to help the poor. Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the dabbawala union.

The noble initiative of Mumbai’s dabbawalas, who have been delivering food to the customers for decades, is really praiseworthy. The ‘Roti Bank’ will function on a no-profit, no-loss model.

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