A restaurant owner in Kochi, India, put a fridge right outside of her restaurant for the homeless and the hungry, giving them access to uneaten food 24/7.
Minu Pauline, 28, owner of Pappadavada, came up with the generous idea, which she calls “Nanmamaram” (which means “tree of goodness” in her local language, Malayalam).
Nanmamaram was launched on March 23 and anyone can take food from the fridge—free of charge.
“When it comes to my customers or the public who come here to contribute to the fridge, I can see so much positive energy.
“Good deeds always make people happy,” she said.
Pauline told Epoch Times the response she has been getting is fabulous, adding, “Our shop is placed in an area where there are so many homeless people; they consider this initiative really helpful.”
Pauline puts food out twice a day and “packets come from the public very frequently.” She said the food can get taken within minutes, and there can be up to 100 food portions per day.
“Nowadays, I have at least one person coming to me and thanking me for this one simple step that I took,” Pauline said.
Before Pauline started her own restaurant, she was working at Citibank.
“I left my job at the bank to start an eatery, and by God’s grace, that was a huge success. I made up my mind to give something back to the city. What more can I do than to feed the hungry?” she said.
Pauline said she personally witnessed people searching the public trash bins for a piece of food “the same day I have wasted huge amount of food at my restaurant.”
“That was sad,” she said.
So, she said to herself: “I’m never going to waste my food and whatever access of food I have, I’ll feed that to someone who can’t afford a meal.”
Pauline quickly turned her goals into reality and urges people with an excess amount of food at home to not throw it in the trash. “Pack it neatly and bring them here,” she said.
The young entrepreneur doesn’t want people around the globe to waste food. “There are so many people in the streets who can’t afford it, and when you are wasting your food you are not only wasting your money, but also the resources of the nation,” she told Epoch Times.
“I once read somewhere, ‘Money will be yours but the resource is of the nations.'”