Corporation to collect excess food items

The Wall of Happiness on EVR Road will soon have a refrigerator where food items can be donated.

The Wall of Happiness on EVR Road will soon have a refrigerator where food items can be donated.  

To place a refrigerator at a public place to get unused fruits and vegetables also

In view of good response to ‘Wall of Happiness’ at a couple of locations where people deposited their clothes in shelves, the corporation has decided to place a refrigerator at a location on EVR Road.

The first ‘Wall of Happiness’ was set up in 2017 near the K. Abishekapuram zonal office behind the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital. Within a week, all 18 shelves were found packed with clothes, which had several takers, especially patients and other visitors to the hospital.

The initiative aimed at creating a bridge between those who want to donate and those who require clothing continues to have at least 200 visitors a day. Residents bring clothes and leave them here while those who visit the Wall take whatever they require. These sparingly used clothes and sometimes even notebooks and other stationery get used optimally through reaching those in need, said R. Shakthivel, one of the security guards who monitors the Wall round the clock.

So, the civic body has decided to extend the initiative to food items and plans to place a large refrigerator to serve the people. Sometimes fruits and vegetables go unused and thrown as waste in the market. Vendors could bring unsold vegetables and fruits to the ‘wall.’ People could even send excess food from houses.

‘Orders have been placed for a freezer and refrigerator. There are also shelves where food which does not require cooling can be kept,’ said G. Velmurugan, Junior Engineer, City Corporation. ‘Anyone can come and leave food here and those in need can take it,’ he said. Based on response, a few more ‘walls’ will be set up.

Tentatively named ‘Akshaya Pathiram,’ the initiative will be inaugurated in a week, he added.

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