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Restaurant Creates ‘Self Serve’ Fridge to Feed Hungry

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When I was in high school, I was involved in World Vision’s “30 Hour Famine.” Basically, my friends and I didn’t eat for 30 hours and in doing so, we learned about the very real problem of hunger and we raised money to help combat the problem.

My participating in the ’30 Hour Famine’ was so eye opening that I find myself frequently thinking about it, still to this day. Hunger is such a real problem, not only here in the United States, but around the world. And it warms my heart to know that one popular restaurant is doing their part to help.

The restaurant, on the coast of India, is encouraging customers to donate their leftover food to people who are hungry in the area and they’ve even set up a refrigerator outside to keep the food from going bad.

The restaurant manager has nicknamed the fridge, “nanma maram,” which means “tree of goodness.” The fridge is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and stays unlocked.

Those who donate their leftovers write the date on the wrapped food so those who take it know how long it’s been there, but most food doesn’t stay for long.

There’s been a huge response from the community and many people donate to the fridge, even if they don’t have leftovers, but the fridge needs to constantly be restocked. The restaurant actually adds around 75 to 80 portions of food from the kitchen each day.

[via 30 Hour Famine/Huffington Post]

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