March 26, 2017: Goodbye Starving conducted a food distribution drive to dispense food among the destitute and roadside poor and needy in various parts of Dehradun. The NGO had urged people to be a part of the drive through numerous social media campaigns and messages.
With the purpose of raising awareness among the masses, the volunteers, dressed in black, collected at Ashley Hall before beginning the procession. The procession eventually began from Ashley Hall to Clock Tower up and down and then proceeded towards Parade Ground before wrapping up at Chuna-Bhatta.
Holding associated posters and charts, the march called out to each and every one in need of food in the vicinity. “Save food, save life”, one of the posters said.
The volunteers gave out packaged food, biscuits, fruits, juice packs and water to the underprivileged. They also raised awareness among everyone to not to waste food. About 30 people participated in the campaign and gave out food and other eatables to almost 100 poor and needy ones.
Consisting of a team of young students from Dehradun, the team has been working for the underprivileged since the past few months. The NGO aims at making the city hunger free and to raise awareness against food wastage as well. Through drives, campaigns and educational workshops the NGO has been working with no apparent funds at its disposal. The said campaigns and drives have been instrumental in providing foods to thousands of underprivileged and needful in the city.
Sourav Ramola, founder of Goodbye Starving, spoke to Team TGC and said, “We collect leftover from the banquet halls and restaurants to feed underprivileged families.”
“We are also planning to create mass awareness campaign in schools and colleges students to educated them on the importance of the food.” Sourav added.
Another member of the NGO, Swati Mal said, “About one-third of the food is wasted across the globe, we aim at raising awareness against the wastage.”
Kusum Joshi, from Maiti Swayamsevi Sanstha, also took part in the campaign and said, “We believe something as basic as food shouldn’t be missing from anyone’s life.”
Among others who took part in the procession were Rishabh Raj, Vikas Singh, Pankaj Rana, Tripti Negi, Mfon Luke, Anuja Negi, Shashank Dhanai, Manish Salal, Hemant Thapa, Shanaya Rawat, Pooja Khampa, Manoj Bhatt, Sheetal Bhatt, Sanskriti Thapliyal, Nandini Joshi, and Rajendra Joshi.