Residents in the Indian city of Kochi are rallying around a local restaurant owner after she came up with a novel new way to help homeless and hungry people.
Minu Pauline, owner of the ‘Pappadavada’ restaurant located along the city’s Kaloor-Kathrikadavu road, had regularly noticed homeless people who walk past her restaurant.
Determined to do something, the 28-year-old banker-turned-restaurateur left a 420-litre fridge outside the restaurant entrance and placed all the restaurant’s left-over food in it.
Inspired by Pauline’s gesture, patrons of the restaurant then began leaving not just their leftovers but bought food and placed it inside the bridge, which Pauline had christened the “Tree of Goodness”.
The fridge is unlocked 24 hours a day and anyone can take food from it.
“Money is yours but resources belong to society,” she told HuffPost India.
“That’s the message I want to send out. If you’re wasting your money, it’s your money, but you’re wasting the society’s resources. Don’t waste the resource, don’t waste the food.”
“The only thing I want to discourage is that people are actually buying food and putting it in the refrigerator, and that’s really generous. But I’d rather people put their excess food they already bought but aren’t going to eat in the refrigerator instead of the trash bin,” she said.