Known for their deft management of tiffin service across the metropolitan, the Dabbawalas of Mumbai have also been taking time out of their job and collecting excess food from hotels and functions to distribute them to the needy, for the last two years.
"Dabbawalas have already been doing it in a small way by collecting excess food from the people and delivering to the needy, so we have come and joined them actually and created a new NGO called Mumbai Roti Bank complete with a website for it- Rotibankindia.org," Sivanandan told ANI.
"We are catering to South and Central Mumbai as of now, as we have only one vehicle currently. After two more come, we'll expand to other parts of Mumbai," Sivanandan said, and added, "We have a way of finding out whether the food is stale or not. We have done 'Hunger mapping' to find where food is needed. We also have refrigeration to retain the food."
Subhash Talekar, the spokesperson of Mumbai Dabbalawalas Association, said, "We have been providing food to 500 needy people every day from Monday to Friday but with help of new facilities of Mumbai Roti Bank, we will be able to serve at least 1000 people".
The NGO primarily targets hospitals where people come from all over the country but don't have sufficient money or resources. (ANI)