Mumbai city’s famed dabbawala services have been known across the world for their unique system and way ensuring that each one is catered to. On January 26, as part of the #ProudToBeIndian campaign, Republic TV's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami spoke to Subhash Talekar, spokesperson of the Dabbawala Association, with a view to highlight how these dabbawalas are making a difference and turn heroes for the hungry.
Merely a few weeks ago, they participated in the Mumbai Marathon to promote their recently launched Roti Bank initiative, which aims at preventing wastage of food. The dabbawalas have set up a dedicated call center where people can inform if they have excess food to be collected and then distributed to those in need.
When questioned about the ‘Roti bank’ initiative, Talekar said, “In December 2015, we started the initiative after working as dabbawalas in the city for the past 125 years. While delivering the dabbas we saw two different pictures of Mumbai city. While on one side we saw the rich class of Mumbai enjoy their lavish parties and then throw the leftover food away, on the other side we saw that in the same city people living under the bridges or at railway platforms went to sleep hungry."
"We, as dabbawalas, thought of being the mediators between the two worlds,” he said.
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