To help in achieving a hunger-free Odisha, the “So AM I Foundation Trust (SAI)”, launched a ‘Hunger-free Odisha’ initiative here on Sunday with opening a Food Bank, its mobile application and a web portal through which one can donate as well as avail food.
Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi, Rajya Sabha member Amar Pattnaik, Kabisurya Nagar MLA Latika Pradhan, SSEPD Secretary Nitin Chandra and Additional Commissioner of Police Sanjay Singh graced the occasion.
“I appreciate the initiative taken by SAI foundation. There are millions of people in the country who sleep hungry every night while lots of foods are being wasted at some places. Hence it’s our duty to stop wasting food and serve people who are needy,” said Marndi.
The main objective of SAI Trust is to fight against the hunger and malnutrition through a network food banks in every district by 2025. This innovative idea is a dream project of SAI founder Pinaki Mohanty and is nurtured and support by well-known social activist Dr Chidatmika Khatua and noted environmentalist Dr Rina Routray.
Well-known social activists like Jayashree Mohapatra, Jyotshnamayee Parida, Arabind Agarwal, Mahesh Rajani, Sanjiv Acharay, Dillip Samantaray, Rudra Mohanty, Sitakanta Pattanaik, Swapnajit Nayak, Sukuti Singhari (Puri), Sai Prakash Mohanty and Shyamali Pattanaik are core members of the organisation. They are determined to work to achieve a hunger-free Odisha.
The foundation set up its first Food Bank at Acharya Vihar which was inaugurated by DCP Padmini Sahu on Saturday. People can donate the excess food from marriage/anniversary or birthday parties by giving a call to the volunteers or preserve it in the Food Banks in very hygienic and systematic manner.