A Discussion on Prevalent Practices on Bridging Hunger and Excess with Creativity

Dr. Deepti Kakar


India is a land of contrasts not only in socio-cultural and geographical parameters but also in economic terms. With an astounding number of poor, the issue of poverty and the need to tackle it has always been a priority for the State administration as well as social activists. In addition to the sad scene of deprivations of various types the existence of excess which generates tremendous waste intensifies the sentiments for the deprived. Many countries have woken up to this twin issue of hunger amidst excess and have begun to tackle it in novel ways. In India, too the idea of breaking the surplus bread has been operationalized by a number of voluntarily driven activists/organizations that are sewing a network to gather surplus food from individuals at homes, eateries/restaurants, offices and social gatherings which is thereafter given to the hungry poor. This not only saves the food from getting spoilt and wasted, it also serves to help the hungry and food deprived. Some challenges that remain with this creative solution to bridge hunger and excess include: inadequate awareness about the presence of intermediaries in this noble cause, technological and infrastructure constraints, difficult scalability, and vulnerable sustenance in the long run. In case these are overcome, this creative idea can challenge the said twin social issue


hunger, food wastage, deprivation, social creativity, breaking the spare bread

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