They are the students of Grade 11 in the prestigious Shri Ram School in Gurgaon. But beyond this, they are the young founders of Feed on, a movement that aims at making freshly cooked food available to the deprived sections of society in India.
It all started in April 2016 when both Arjun Sawhney and Jessy Jindal wanted to start a project that would allow them to make a tangible contribution towards society.
“Poverty, hunger, homeless adults and children are a common sight in India. We were obsessed about this problem for a couple of days. How could we solve it? Should we ask parents to donate money and buy food for the hungry? Should we ask corporates to sponsor food? Should we tap on wasted food? We knew that logistics would become an issue, so we gave up on that idea. We finally decided to approach restaurants in our vicinity as the first step. And what we learnt was that they were more than willing to sponsor meals.”(Arjun’s words)
Finally, the journey started with serving 30 meals that were sponsored by their launching partners Inner Chef-an online food delivery platform. As the path of success has its own roadblocks, these two too faced challenges like coordinating with restaurants, volunteers and NGOs and sometimes they faced huge logistical problems. Little things like not being able to find an orphanage and miscommunication about the number of meals needed can cause unseen obstacles. But we try to take on all the challenges that come our way. (Arjun said)
With the zeal and determination to eliminate hunger, they are able to distribute more than 3164 meals to the underprivileged in NGOs, construction sites and at roadside villages in Gurgaon. Whereas they have plan to serve over 20,000 meals in more than 20 NGOs in multiple cities in India, including Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Gurgaon and Delhi.
In this endeavour, they are being constantly mentored by Bal: the owner of DiGhent Cafe, who was so inspired by the idea that he offered to be on the advisorsy board and has helped them accelerate the movement. Many of their friends also joined them as the volunteers in their initiative in which the restaurants sponsor them with free meals every month.
Recently they are also organizing a run in association with TedxGurugram on 2nd October in order to raise funds.
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