This story doesn’t exactly fit a niche with us here at Appetite for Peace, except that is it simply the right thing to do. So, we had to share this touching story of Minu Pauline. Pauline is the manager of a forward thinking, popular restaurant in India (Pappadavada).
We have all heard the astounding facts about food waste in the U.S. About one-third of all food produced worldwide gets lost or wasted, this translates to a value approaching $1 trillion U.S. dollars. Pauline acted on something that many of us only think about for a split second.
Mrs. Pauline witnessed a homeless woman searching in a trashcan for food, and she felt compelled to what seemed like the only logical thing to do. Minu Pauline opted to set up a refrigerator outside her restaurant for homeless to eat “fresh leftovers” at the end of each day. Any food that was not purchased and was extra was given to the homeless.
Placing a refrigerator right outside of her eatery not only made those most in need grateful, but it also provoked other local restaurateurs to do the same. Pauline adds 70-80 servings of food daily, and leaves it available 24/7. She has aptly named her refrigerator the “tree of goodness” and it has literally been a life saver for several individuals. Pauline feels that “money is yours, but resources belong to society. That is the message I want to send out. If you’re wasting money, it’s your money, but you’re wasting the society’s resources. Don’t waste the resource, don’t waste the food she told the Huffington Post.
This amazing story needs to be shared, just like the food she is providing the homeless.
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