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Ayushi Agarwal

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Do You Know About The ‘Food Bank’ For Poor? Thanks To Chennai’s Sneha Mohandos

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  •  October 21, 2015


There isn’t a part of this country, where it is impossible to spot homeless, hunger-ridden men, women and children. We have become so used to their pleas and cries, that we would rather choose to ignore them, than come up with a creative, effective solution. We blame the government, the economy, and the society, and that’s about it. We move on, while they continue to live their malnourished lives.

Sneha Mohandos did not have the heart to ignore her city’s city dwellers. So, she came up with the idea of a ‘Food Bank’, where normal households would cook some extra food for the poor, and then inform Sneha, through Facebook or Whatsapp. Once the food is packed and ready for distribution, she sends her volunteers to collect the food packets and distributes them to the street dwellers in different areas.

Sneha expressed, “In the next few years I wish to see every street dweller sleep in peace having had their three meals for the day.”




The part which makes her drive special is the fact that the food distributed is fresh, home-cooked food, and not just leftovers.

This drive saw its inception in June, and within a period of one month, Food Bank had distributed fifty five packets per day to the poor in Tnagar. Food Bank started off as a Facebook group with her close friends and relatives and soon went on to have 2895 members from all over Chennai.

In the first week of July, the group saw the number of members increasing and orders poured in from different areas. Sneha then created Whatsapp groups for each area to make the process easier. She now has volunteers in Tnagar, Nungambakkam, Adyar, Perambur, Kilapuk, Ashoknagar, Saidapet, West Mabalam and Chetpet who go around collecting food from their respective areas.

Till date, more than 12,000 packets have been distributed throughout Chennai.

She truly is a ray of hope and inspiration for millions!  #YouGoGirl.

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