India will soon have access to a common help-line and a mobile application to donate food to the needy. FSSAI and NASSCOM Foundation signed an MoU to jointly build a technology platform for food donation in India. According to the press release, the technology platform would have a 24-hour helpline number, an interactive application and a back-end website to connect donors with surplus food to food distribution organizations and will lead to seamless distribution of surplus food to the needy, across the country.
This platform will also facilitate registration of surplus food distribution organizations and initially, the network of 81 such organizations across PAN India, known as the Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA) will be a part of this platform. Yet to be named, this much-needed solution will provide an easily accessible platform that will cater to different stakeholders like food businesses, hoteliers, caterers, and individuals and facilitate food donations in any part of the country.
Further, NASSCOM Foundation and FSSAI also discussed the possibility of building a technology platform together for the launch of the ‘Verified Milk Vendors Scheme’ to address the issues of quality and safety in raw milk that is supplied directly to consumers by unorganized milk vendors.
During the meeting, Pawan Agarwal, chief executive officer of FSSAI also discussed the road-map for the inclusion of the technology sector under the umbrella of the ‘Eat Right Campus’ initiative. He further mentioned that the technology industry, today, is one of the largest private-sector employer of diverse talent base in India. As technocrats spend at least 1/3rd of their day at their workplace and consume at least one meal in their workplace canteens or cafeterias, this sector needs to ensure the availability of safe food and healthy diets for its employees. Eat Right Campus (ERC) certification for NASSCOM’s headquarters is already underway and the Eat Right Campus (ERC) certification for the technology sector would certainly be an example for other industries to follow.
Expressing happiness on this collaboration, Agarwal congratulated the NASSCOM foundation team for the support extended. He said that this would provide recognition to the organizations involved in surplus food distribution and would help in reducing the wastage of food in the country through food donation.
Ashok Pamidi, chief executive officer, NASSCOM foundation highlighted that the collaboration with FSSAI is a significant step in the direction of leveraging tech for good solutions and is hopeful of more such engagements in the future.