Spread the Food

Spread the Food

Greater Noida, India
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The idea is having a vision to alleviate hunger among the poorest of poor.
It contributes to global sustainability efforts by saving on wastage of food.
It generates self-sustaining and multiplying employment opportunities.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Distribution of left over food primarily from hotels, restaurants and may be in future from residnces to the below poverty line people.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Involve companies like Bayer for providing their cold box solutions, collaborating with cold box manufacturers, lining up a model based on methods used by Dabbawallahs in Mumbai, India for distributing the cold boxes among restaurants and hotels and delivering them to slums and poor people on returnable basis. Financing this concept will depend on roping in the hotels & restaurants, to project them for their partnership in such novel philanthropy. Charge a small fee from them for the cost they save on disposal of the waste food. Local government bodies to be brought in for financial support. Thereafter to enlarge the scope under aegis of a global charitable foundation to make it worldwide so that it adds to the brand image who join the program.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The model works on long term sustainability by reducing wastage of food. It needs to be started at a small project scale in a metro city for a targetted locality. It can then gradually be scaled up. Speed and growth will depend on support this idea can attract from venture funds.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

None to my knowledge
Team

Founding Story

Still on my note book. World is yet to see it.
About You
About You
First Name

Barundeb

Tell us about yourself/your team.

I am on my own. I only have my visions. And a fire to help the needy whichever best way I can. I have spent my life in multinational corporate world. I hope I can contribute to the poor with my skills and knowledge so far gained in past 30 years in business administration.

What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?

My education, love for world literature and life in a country where poverty is everwhere, has given me a different perspective to life. At my age of 54, I no longer have any desire for money or success but only to contribute to those who are most in need.

About Your Organization
Company Country

, UP, Greater Noida

Primary country where this project is creating social impact
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Innovation
Select the stage that best applies to your solution

Idea (you're poised to launch)

The Solution: Why is this solution innovative for your company and industry?

The companies who provide material for cold boxes would also be supporting a social cause. They can use it in their brand building. Government would be participating in a program alleviating hungry people with a stable sustainable program.

Impact
What has been the impact of your solution to date?

Not yet

What is your projected impact over the next 1 to 3 years?

Starting from impact to the lives of 5000 people, hopefully growing to reacxh out to 1 million in 3 more years.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Firstly, initial funding. Then Government support. Lastly, getting any large global social organization to lend its support. For initial funding, being in the corporate world, I am confident to muster support of large organizations for the seed funding of 1 to 3,000 food boxes. For the logistics cost I can bear from my own savings. Once the idea takes off, I am confident of garnering the support of remaining.

Sustainability
What is the benefit or value you're creating for your business?

The growth of the enterprise will be modular. Each module will involve 50 collection points and 1000 distribution points. Each module would employ 8 to 10 heads. Since investment will be required only for 2000 cold boxes and 5 distribution mini vans, the entire operation replication would be self sustained and regenerative.

How are you leveraging internal resources (funds, time, knowledge, etc.) to support this initiative?

As already mentioned, the initial investment required is very low and which is available from my personal savings. The working capital shall be generated from the fees charged to the hotels & restaurants. I will devote devote 100% of my time and over initial months and year, will garner support from within friends and contacts.

Expand on your answer, explaining the long-term funding and support plan.

The growth can be limitless if international charitable organisations can be sold the idea. The expansion can be first within country itself in every metro city. With expansion and addition of refirgated vans, the scope can be broadened to include outskirts of metros and villages. The knowledge thus gained can be further replicated to Asian & Afircan countries.

Tell us about your partnerships across your company and externally that are key to your project's success.

Currently none. But I have contacts through NGO's and coporates to push it forward.

What internal support have you gotten for your project? What kind of push-back have you received?

This is the first time that I have narrated my vision.