In India, 21.9% of the population lives below the national poverty line as per 2011 census. According to the United Nations Development Programme, up to 40% of the food produced in India is wasted. Food loss and waste generates about 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the message for World Food Day, observed on October 16, was that “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too”. Meeting the food needs of a growing population in India (1.7 billion by 2050) while reducing food loss and waste poses a serious challenge. INDIANS waste as much food as the whole of United Kingdom consumes – a statistic that may not so much indicative of our love of surfeit, as it is of our population. Still, food wastage is an alarming issue in India. Our street and garbage bins, landfills have sufficient proof to prove it. Weddings, canteens, hotels, social and family functions, households spew out more colossal waste. Reducing food wastage, redistributing unsold or excess food, and recycling/treating food waste are important components of our national strategies to work towards Zero Waste. Therefore, there is a need to manage food waste holistically. The idea builds on the “traditional” food banking model where food manufacturers and retailers are connected with charities. From this model we adapted some processes and tools, making it relevant & workable for the food service sector. We plan a project of dispatcher service, creating a link between surplus and demand, and run on the principle of Waste no Food. The purpose is to provide a current summary of challenges and opportunities in commercial food waste prevention and recovery in India. The intent in gathering this information is to help inform whether Public Utilities and/or other City departments might have a role to play in fostering prevention and recovery.
The person behind the idea of Meal Donation is Miss Aradhana Porwal, her approach towards social responsibility has really made this idea a real one. her desperate thoughts of making the food available to needy people has made it easy to understand the actual purpose behind it, her involvement in every phase of execution of the idea has helped us moving forward positively and we decided to implement it in our solutions and that's way we did some R and D about it's facts and existance at ground level, and gathered some statics.
Consumers are directly and indirectly responsible for wasting a lot of food, which could for a large part be avoided if they were willing to accept suboptimal food that deviates in sensory characteristics or has a best-before date that is approaching or has passed, but is still perfectly fine to eat. It believes in feeding mouths, not bins. They collect the food waste from individuals, weddings, canteens, and other events and redistribute it to the needy, free of cost. Anyone can get involved to donate and become a volunteer. We involved in value added processing, making healthy fruit snacks from surplus produce or donated food. Mobile apps are being developed for crowd sourcing data on hunger spots and which take requests for donation of excess food.
- ► Not enough food, particularly nutritious food, is being donated to food banks.
- ► Inadequate storage space – particularly for perishables - is the single most cited challenge.
- ► The near-immediate perishability of certain donations and the fact that many donated foods are close to expiration results in donated food that must be disposed before it can even be used, as well as high compost bills.
- ► Difficulty in coordinating efficient and expedient pick-up or delivery of donations.
- ► Difficulty understanding the importance of food waste prevention work (versus food donation and composting) within the agency.
- ► Perception among food-generating businesses that they are not wasting significant amounts of food.
- ► A lack of knowledge by food donors about laws protecting them from food safety liability when they donate.
It’s astounding to have the power to retrieve almost any information and communicate in a thousand different ways using a device that fits in your pocket. The role of IT is changing with the onset of the customer-driven age and the now digital, connected world. Nearly every organization across the globe has been shaken by digital transformation while IT leaders race to leap ahead of new customer expectations and behaviours. As a result, we plan to use this digital world for prevention of food & donate this to needful. Yes we plan a Food Donation APP.
The proposed application is android-based, which requires internet connection and will provide a platform for donors and seekers after they successfully register into the system. If a user wishes to donate something, he/she can send a message in application. This message will be shown as notification in donations tab to other users. Once a notification is sent, the needful who wish to claim the donations can reply to the donor and contact them. The user interface of this system will be simple and user-friendly. At present, we are aiming to avoid the major wastage that usually happens in India and that is foodstuffs.The Admin and Donor both can view the Receiver’s location. The Admin can also monitor and update the database. The Admin and Receiver both can view the Donor’s location. The Receiver can also perform operations like requesting for items, viewing requested items and claiming donations.
Both donor and recipient organisation are happy with the results of the share meal. Improved communication between donors and charities by timely push notifications are willing to continue redistribution activities in the long-term. The replication potential of this project is significant, even if a significant part of the food waste was in a state that could not be redistributed, there will still be meals that could be saved by a good model. Hence, the dissemination of this models to other Food Banks and other food donation. Utilise the remaining food through which we reduce their carbon footprint. Adequate nutrition during infancy and early childhood is essential to ensure the growth, health, and development of children to their full potential. Poor nutrition increases the risk of illness, and is responsible, directly or indirectly, through this operation we reduce the deficiency of Nutrition & make them healthy.
Hundreds of thousands of tons of food are either lost or wasted while millions of people suffer from Malnutrition. A plausible initiative in which large retail chains and potentially other people can donate food. This food is collected and delivered to people in need. Such type of APP helped thousands of people but still the percentages are negligible as compared to the large quantities of food that are wasted with no more reason that destroying is cheaper. On the other hand, we have other issues too : Poor distribution strategies, informality in handling and delivering food, lack of infrastructure, the mismatch between the supply and nutrition needs, among others. As consequence, research and actions are needed to improve the efficiency from this type of Platform. A large quantity of food is wasted & is being thrown away around the world, while a child dies every 5 seconds as a result of hunger.
“Buy less, Use all, Waste Nothing”
|Sno.||Recipient Details||Survey Questionnaire|
|Name||Gender||Age||Area||Quality of Food||Did you get food on time||Did you get free Food||Did you get Food in Package||Do you want Food Again|
|1||Kamal Nath||Male||62||Mata Mandir||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2||Moti Lal||Male||54||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3||Aashid Mohammad||Male||59||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|4||Kunwar Lal||Male||52||Polytechnic College||Poor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|5||Kusum Bai||Female||74||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|8||Shanti Bai||Female||68||Birla Mandir||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|9||Kisan Prasad||Male||52||Railway Station||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|10||Shyam Lal||Male||65||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|12||Ghan Lal||Male||46||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|17||Geeta Bai||Female||84||Mp Nagar Sqaure||Average||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|18||Saku Bai||Female||56||Railway Station||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|19||Hari Prasad||Male||40||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|26||Vishnu Sudhakar||Male||42||Polytechnic Sqaure||Average||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|30||Vishnu Prasad||Male||40||Mata Mandir||Good||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|31||Hari Mohan||Male||69||MP Nagar||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|37||Kunjan lal||Male||32||MP Nagar Sqaure||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|39||Krishna||Male||15||Board Office Sqaure||Average||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|42||Gopesh Lal||Male||35||Railway Station||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|43||Madan Lal||Male||40||MP Nagar||Poor||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|44||Kanta Prasad||Male||78||Birla Mandir||Average||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|48||Manohar Lal||Male||45||MP Nagar||Average||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|49||Kallu Ram||Male||65||Railway Station||Good||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Comments & Suggestions List
Mr. Anoop Vishwakarma
- Answered on: How we can improve our Services?
- Mr. Dhruv Saxena (Managing Director Of VH Spice Box)
- Mr. Parag Adlak (For Development & Implementation of Web Application & Mobile Application)
- Mrs. Srubhi Goyal (Execution of Food Donation Process)
- Mr. Shashank Tiwari
- Mr. Deepak Nair
- Mr. Anoop Vishwakarma
- Mrs. Prashansha Chaubey
- Mr. Punit Vishwakarma
- Mr. Nitin Dhote
- Mr. Yogesh Pandey
First, I’d like to thanks every team member of this project for their interest and gave their precious time to make this project successful. It was a great pleasure going through a hard yet necessary experience.
Most importantly, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Managing Director of VH Spice Box Mr. Dhruv Saxena for supporting me and sharing his knowledge, Experience that help me in every stage of the project and Understand my idea through creating a link between surplus and demand, to donate the meal owing to any reason like Urgency in work, random meeting schedule, party or any other reason not able to eat their meal. We run on the principle of Waste no Food.
Also, I had a great amount of support from Mr. Parag Adlak the Managing Director of Awzpact Technologies & Services.Pvt.Ltd for development and implementation of web-application and mobile application helping us a technical point of view, he help me to represent my idea on digital platform & share their experience with me how we plan, develop any type of software project, discuss about the different type of problem we are facing during the development phase ,the way we find solution of any problem. Once you have successfully passed the Planning Phase it is time for real action – Execution! The Project Execution Phase of the project management lifecycle is all about deliverables & outputs so, I would like to thanks Miss.Surbhi Goyal helped me for execution of food donation process.
Special thanks to our delivery boy who delivers their meal within a time frame & if anyone wants to donate their meal they pick from registered address & deliver meal at mention location.I would also like to thanks our Survey team, who conduct survey at regular time frame to know about the Quality of food, get food on time, get free food or not, get food in Package etc so we continuous improve our services as per consumer & donor feedback.