Images of India : The ‘Roti Bank’…

rotibankA unique ‘roti bank’ has been launched in Aurangabad, famous for its Ajanta-Ellora caves, for the poor. People can ‘deposit’ rotis and the poor, aged, sick or unemployed people can ‘withdraw’ a basic fare of freshly-cooked rotis and a vegetarian or non-vegetarian dish. The Roti Bank – first of its kind in Maharashtra, and second in India after a similar venture in Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh – was launched on December 5. People have to fill up a form for Roti Bank’s membership. The request is simple – Simply deliver a minimum freshly cooked two rotis and a plate of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food that is prepared daily at home. People can voluntarily ‘deposit’ the food, once a day or even more. Similarly, poor people can come any time to collect the food as per their convenience and availability. The bank provides special carry bags with a code number to each ‘depositor’. It is checked for freshness and quality, and then disbursed to the needy families daily. On an average around 500 poor people are fed. As word spread about the noble venture wedding oganisers started sending left over food. The food is stored in huge freezers. Big restaurants, deluxe hotels, corporate and industrial canteens, flight kitchens and event organisers are also requested to contribute their unconsumed, extra food.