Delhi-NCR eater­ies feed the needy

Restau­rants are open­ing their doors to the un­der­priv­i­leged, to give back to the so­ci­ety

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - My City - Naina Arora naina.arora@hin­dus­tan­

The idea is to mo­bilise food from a place where it’s go­ing to be thrown away, and give it to peo­ple who would sleep empty stom­ach SWASTI SARAOUGHI, VOL­UN­TEER AT GUR­GAON’S ROBIN HOOD ARMY

Restau­rants in Del­hiNCR are known for their great food and nightlife, but they have a phil­an­thropic side, too, with some or­gan­is­ing spe­cial drives for the un­der­priv­i­leged.

If you land at Gur­gaon’s Ware­house Cafe on a Sun­day noon and see a group en­joy­ing their meal en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, know that the place is or­gan­is­ing a So­cial Sun­day.

“Ev­ery fort­night, from 12pm on­wards, we in­vite peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds to en­joy our scrump­tious food, and also pro­vide them a dose of en­ter­tain­ment,” says, An­shul Ag­gar­wal, owner of the cafe that has or­gan­ised three suc­cess­ful So­cial Sun­days with NGOs Sa­marth, Eklavya and Gau­rav. “We have also set up a drop box where peo­ple can do­nate clothes and books for the un­der­priv­i­leged. Hope we in­spire oth­ers, too,” adds Ag­gar­wal.

Di Ghent Cafe, Gur­gaon has been do­nat­ing around 400 plates of food ev­ery month to the un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in Gur­gaon. Anita from the cafe, says, “FeedOn is an or­gan­i­sa­tion run by a hand­ful of chil­dren in Gur­gaon, to feed the needy. Our cafe joined them, and now we source food to feed the needy. Our staff also vol­un­teers.”

Hap­pi­ness equals full stom­achs for Cafe Yell, sit­u­ated in Delhi’s De­fence Colony. “We or­gan­ise a bhan­dara (feast for all) in the lane be­hind our res­tau­rant, once ev­ery month. We also sup­ply fresh food to an NGO, Feed­ing In­dia, which then sup­plies food to the un­der­priv­i­leged,” says Vipul Gupta, owner.

Swasti Saraoughi, a vol­un­teer at Gur­gaon’s Robin Hood Army, says, “In Gur­gaon, we have about 19 restau­rants, in­clud­ing Ke­bab Ex­press, Biryani Blues, Chef Style and Tossin Pizza, which reg­u­larly give us food.”

Chil­dren en­joy a meal on a So­cial Sun­day at Gur­gaon’s Ware­house Cafe

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