Aakash Chheda D.J Sanghvi College of Engineering, India
India, an agricultural country, which grows billion tons of grain, pulses, vegetables and fruits for 1.2 billion people out of which millions are still struggling to grab their hands on those billion tons of grown product every year and on the other hand there is also seen a huge amount of wastage by those millions who have access to food. Our Mission at Food It Up is to target those leftover and food wastage in household, restaurant, hotels and offices by collecting those leftover to feed millions of people who are struggling to grab one proper meal in a day since we don’t want anyone to sleep empty stomach and making the right use of these food waste to generate more food and put them in right use. Food It Up focuses on solving the problem instead of addressing the problem, where we just don’t ask people to reduce wasting food but give them a solution to the wasted food and leftovers. We are here to collect those leftovers and food waste turning them into eatables for those millions of people who go to sleep empty stomach in India and feed animal in-order to maintain balance in ecosystem.
Food It Up came into action the day when I realized what it feels like to stay hungry even though you have food around you. It all started in my college cafeteria, in order to catch up for an early morning lecture, in the rush I had forgotten my wallet back home and that was the day where I usually had a meal in college. It was during the break time I realized that I had forgotten my wallet back home and did not have money to buy myself a lunch. Since our cafeteria does not work on credit base system I had to ask my friend, who was having his lunch, to lend me some money. Due to his upset stomach he was not able to eat his own meal and instead of lending me money, he offered his meal to me. Knowing it was my cafeteria food and my friend was offering me, I did not hesitate to take it. Taking this experience, we at Food It Up want to be that friend to all the hungry people who sleep on empty stomach. Living in a metro city like Mumbai with 12 million in population, from people who get 3 meals a day to people who only get 3 meals a week, it the right place to start this initiative of the concept of Food It Up. It started off from college cafeteria where we told students to separate leftover, like the ones which still can be consumed like un-eaten rice, curry (made of pulses), roti (Indian bread), vegetables and sweets which is a basic Indian meal, into separate container. It was observed that after every 12th meal there was enough left over to make one complete meal which could feed 2 kids or one adult. Also the non-consumed food in the cafeteria kitchen is then later added to leftover by student we could feed 100s of people every week just by one cafeteria. By trying this out we saw there is a huge potential to feed millions. By participating in TTF challenge we believe that this millions could change into billions. We want to spread this idea of converting leftovers by others into eatable food for someone. After all our boards are different but our problems are same. We are here to seek help and interact from the industry experts and other participate which would help us feed those 9 billion people. You can’t built a peaceful world on empty stomach, a quote by Dr. Norman Borlaug which Food It Up really admires and believes in.