As the clock ticks 7 in the evening, over 60 students of Cherish Foundation, a home for orphans at Karwan, look forward to a sumptuous dinner.

And why not, when the menu changes everyday, with biryani, fish curry and other delicious dishes on offer.

Students sport a smile the moment an auto-rickshaw arrives, carrying delectable food. Incidentally, the organisation behind this is Glowtide Society Development, an NGO set up by a group of students and professionals.

Established in 2013, Glowtide collects clean and untouched food from hotels, restaurants, corporates and distributes it among orphanages, shelter homes and old age homes.

“The objective is to provide sumptuous meal to as many people as possible everyday. In this endeavour, we approach software companies, hotels and restaurants, seeking clean and untouched leftover food, which usually is dumped in bins,” says Mir Mustafa Ali Hashmi, a third year engineering student and president of the organisation.

“There is a software company in Hitec City with a staff strength of over 7,000. They prepare food comprising different menus for their employees, and at the end of the lunch session, loads of food is left over. Everyday, about 150 to 200 meals are collected from the company, and they are packed and distributed to Cherish Foundation and other organisations by 7 p.m., he adds.

Says P. Reena, a member of Glowtide: “It gives a sense of satisfaction when a hungry person is served with food, and that, too, delicious. More importantly, it is also putting the leftover food at hotels and companies to good use. Presently, we have tied up with a software company, and efforts are on to have tie-ups with two more companies.”

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