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FSSAI to launch Indian Food Sharing Alliance to integrate food collection and donation

To launch two campaigns to educate the value of food sharing soon

Monday, December 18, 2017, 09:30 Hrs  [IST]
HBI Staff| New Delhi

Going beyond its mandate of ensuring safe and standardised food, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has started a novel initiative of pooling the fragmented individual and institutional efforts of retrieving, collecting and donating food to the needy and impoverished in the country by launching an online platform called Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA). Intended at reducing the food wastage that happens after due processing as well as at the food service businesses in the country, the initiative will be soon piloted in Delhi by FSSAI. Pawan Aggarwal, CEO of FSSAI introduced the concept of ‘Save Food, Share Food, Share Joy’ at the second Tasting India Symposium in Delhi last week.

Introducing the concept of IFSA, Agarwal said that “interventions are required at various levels” to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. There are people, agencies, food service businesses which want to donate food to this cause, but they do not know how to do it, he said. “Our endeavour is to build an eco-system of food donors, recovery agencies, etc. and integrate all the efforts,” he said. The idea, he said is to create a large donor base of food collection and donor agencies. In order to make the system transparent, the platform will have a ‘’geotagging” provision by which people will be able to know where the food collected is distributed, etc.

TATA Trust has come forward to support the cause, he said. They will support it by providing necessary equipments to recovery agencies and other civil society agencies engaged in collecting and donating food. 

With IFSA becoming a reality, FSSAI will also launch two campaigns to educate and create awareness about food donation. One campaign will be launched with the support of National Street Vendors Association (NSVI). The campaign – Street Food Vendors Have a Heart – will strive to educate the street vendors on the need for food sharing. The campaign will be initiated during the forthcoming National Street Food Festival in Delhi in January 2018 in Delhi. NSVI has assured its support such that every street food vendor will donate every 10th meal for free to a needy person. In the second campaign – I too Have a Heart – FSSAI plans to encourage food businesses including restaurants to donate 100 packets of food every month to IFSA. 

Individuals and agencies which work in food donations presented their model at the Tasting India symposium. These included Feed On, Chintan, Rasoi on Wheels, No Food Waste, Indian Food Banking Network, etc

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