Class 10 student feeds the hungry!!

Class 10 student feeds the hungry!!

Taira Bhargava a class 10 student from Gurugram is on a mission to reduce food wastage and feed the hunger. This has led her to start the Double Roti’ project, Taira is a trained Kathak dancer who has been learning the piano for seven years and currently training for the national table tennis championship. Many charity groups, NGOs and orphanages do not accept leftover food as they are concerned about hygiene. She managed to locate a few places serving those in need which would accept her help. Currently, India’s first supermarket Modern bazaar provides her with their surplus breads. To two organisations Cheshire home, and Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity tiara distributes the food thrice a week, feeding more than 300-400 hungry mouths. The problem with the wasted food is that it might not always be in a pristine condition. She ensures that the extra food being delivered is from a reliable bakery and transported in an air-conditioned van thus maintaining its freshness. With the support of a logistics company they have dedicated a van and a driver to transport the goods from the producer to the consumer. It isn’t possible for her to be present on all the food delivery runs since Taira is a school student. So, to take care of this a responsible person is kept as in charge of the food runs. Her family is the biggest support. On her mission to reduce food wastage in India her friends also encouraged Taira and she feel they are a great source of strength. At the Shri Ram School in Gurugram her principal and teachers never hesitated to help her. Currently she only takes surplus bread and cakes from bakeries since the Double Roti project was started only recently. She has set up a page for donations on the crowd funding website Ketto. She is planning to expand in the near future to more bakeries and hopefully create a system to source extra food from the multitudinous weddings taking place each year. Taira plans to use the funds raised to buy more vans and hire drivers to help her to transport surplus food in larger quantities.

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