HYDERABAD: Having received a good response to the community fridge at Shilparamam, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will now come up with a mobile app and launch mobile food vans “to feed the need”.

The app will be a common platform for organisations, individuals and hoteliers who want to donate food. Apart from the step to set up 10 community refrigerators across the city as part of feed the need, mobile food vans will also be launched for the purpose.

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The modalities of the app regarding how the food will be picked up and delivered to the needy will be worked out in the coming days.

Harichandana Dasari, GHMC zonal commissioner of Serilingampally zone, said: “As the name suggests, the food in the refrigerators is not just for the underprivileged. Any person who is hungry can eat food from these refrigerators. As the service is not exclusively for poor, we have named the new initiative as ‘feed the need’ instead of feed the hungry.”

While community fridges are being set up by GHMC along with an NGO, Apple Home, another NGO called The Robin Hood Army has come forward to provide vans to the civic body for this purpose. Many people, including schoolchildren, cab drivers, private employees, apart from poor people, are seen eating at these places. A staffer has been deployed by the NGO to check the quality of the food at the place.

It is not only families who have held an event or a function, even individuals have volunteered to keep food including curd, milk, chapatis, and rice in these refrigerators.

On Valentine’s Day, the GHMC is planning to launch a drive named ‘feed poor and spread love’. A meeting will be held with hoteliers on Monday to discuss the details of the event. GHMC officials urged hoteliers to participate in the event and help the needy. “On February 14, we will launch the initiative to help the needy by serving them food. This is also a way of expressing love. Launching the initiative on February 14 does not mean that we support or oppose any ideology,” said a top GHMC official.



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