Monday, September 09, 2019

Unsold meals at Delhi, Mumbai airport now feed hundreds of hungry children

Mumbai: At cappuccino outlets near airport boarding gates, about 200 sandwiches, 100 rolls, 50 soft drinks and more are stacked in glass chillers every morning. If an aircraft is grounded and the flight delayed, the sandwiches fly off the shelf. But if a flight has been cancelled in advance and passengers don't turn up, footfalls dip and there are fewer takers for the morning grub.
The ebb and flow of passengers leads to a shortage of meals on some days and excess food with no takers on most days.
Which is why since the past many months, a food truck pulls into Mumbai and Delhi airports every day to take away the excess meals. TFS (Travel Food Services), the company that runs 70 restaurants, lounges and food and beverage outlets at Mumbai and Delhi airports, has tied up with an NGO, Feeding India, to donate unsold food from the two airports to the "hunger centres" of both these cities.
The initiative began in Mumbai in October last year and in Delhi in January. "We plan to expand the tie-up with Feeding India to airports in Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata and Goa this year,'' said Gaurav Dewan, COO and business head, TFS. He said the company donates between 2,000 to 3,000 meals per month from these two airports.
At every airport, we cater to various flight times and various traffic peaks and off-peaks. Since there is no specific pattern to flight delays and cancellations, every day we end up with extra meals. We have been donating 1,000-1,500 meals per month from each of the two airports," Dewan said.
At the end of their shift, TFS employees carve out an extra half hour to personally contribute to this venture. "The food truck comes in the morning and sometimes in the evening too," he said.
Ankit Kawatra, founder of Feeding India, said, "Before we pick up the food, we ensure it is fresh and unused. There are certain quality checks like pH value that we take into consideration. Also, the beneficiary must be located within a radius of 5km so that transportation time is shorter and the food is consumed within 90 minutes."
09/09/19 Manju V/Times of India
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