If you wander the streets of Kochi, India, and visit a restaurant called Pappadavada, you will see something that is both unique and beautiful outside of the dining establishment.
The owner of the restaurant, Minu Pauline, has placed a refrigerator in front of her restaurant, and she fills it every single day with food for the homeless.
Pauline realized she didn’t want to throw away unused food, so she came up with a unique and thoughtful approach to disposing of her restaurants extra food.
She leaves the refrigerator out on the curb so that no one in her community goes hungry.
The refrigerator is known as the “Tree of Goodness,” and since debuting on March 23 it has fed hundreds of hungry locals.
The fridge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it’s always unlocked. Each platter has a date written on it so the homeless don’t eat spoiled food.
The response has been largely supportive with other people also adding food to the fridge when needed. Plus the food looks amazing!
“Money is yours, but resources belong to society,” Pauline told the The Huffington Post. “That’s the message I want to send out. If you’re wasting your money, it’s your money, but don’t waste society’s resources. Don’t waste food.”
Having worked in several restaurants during my time in college I can attest to the amount of food waste that occurred on a daily basis. If more restaurants did this there would be many less hungry people.