Ludhiana, November 22, 2016: An NGO 'Ann Jal Sewa Trust' (Regd.) under the aegis of the district administration today initiated 'Food To Share' mobile app with the prime objective of putting a stop to the practice of wastage of food during marriages and other social occasions and feeding the needy persons with these. The application can be used by downloading on the Android and IOS equipped mobile phones. The app prepared by synergy group was launched by Deputy Commissioner Mr. Ravi Bhagat at district red cross bhawan amid an impressive ceremony. The novel initiative of using technology to eradicate malnutrition from the country has received appreciation from all quarters.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner said that any individual or an organisation can share the information on the app in case they feel that they have excessive food (only vegetarian ) rather than throwing the food away. The concerned person would need to upload the information about quantity of food i.e. how many people it would serve and the place from where it can be had. After the uploading of information , the volunteers of the NGO would contact the concerned person and collect the food themselves. Before accepting the food, it's quality would be assessed to see whether it's fit for consumption or not. The collected food would be instantly distributed amongst the needy through the volunteers.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that it is really a tragedy that annually 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted around the globe. In America alone, 40 percent of prepared food is wasted which is a cause of concern. He appealed to the people to download the app and become a part of the unique movement started by the district administration. He also divulged that it is a challenging task to make food available to every needy person which can only be completed with the help of the people. He hoped that whereas on one hand this app would ensure food for the needy, it would also reduce the number of road accidents claiming lives of people begging for food.
On the occasion, the President of the NGO Mr. Shiv Ram Saroye said that it is the serious endeavor of the organisation to ensure that nobody dies for want of food. Disclosing more, he said that the organisation has trained 50 volunteers specially for the purpose who would fetch food from people's homes and marriage palaces and distribute among the needy. The number of volunteers would be increased depending upon the cooperation of the people. A special vehicle has been prepared for the purpose which was flagged off by the Deputy Commissioner. He also said that information regarding extra woollen clothes and other items can also be shared on the app. Apart from this, the organisation would also render help to homeless and people suffering from disease. The Deputy Commissioner also inaugurated a roti making machine on the occasion which has been purchased with the money donated by the people. The Deputy Commissioner also partook food along with the needy persons.
Among others present on the occasion included Additional Deputy Commissioner (Development ) Apneet Rayat, creator of the app Preet Chandok along with his wife, ADCP Surinder Lamba, Civil Surgeon Dr. Renu Chhatwal, Dr. Kulwinder Singh, Dr. Seema Jain, Dr. Suchitra Kalia, Dr. Manjit Kaur, Sanjeev Jain, Mr. Bansal, Ravi Parasher, Deepak Parasher, Chaman Lal Ahuja, Vicky Kapoor, Jaswinder Bawa , R.K. Resham, Subhash Singla, Harjit Singh, Gurmeet Singh, Kulbhushan Singla, Sanjay Singla, Chamkaur Singh and others.