No Food Waste won the National Youth Award
Mr.Padmanaban Gopalan Founder of No Food Waste has received the Rashtriya Yuva Puraskar – National Youth Award 2016-17 conferred by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
He has received the award from Shri.Kiren Rijuju, Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports in a special ceremony owing to the International Youth Day held on 12th August at 12.30 pm in The Ashok, New Delhi. He was conferred with a medal, citation and a cash prize of Rs.50,000.
Mr.Padmanaban Gopalan has received this award for his exemplary service towards the society through his project “No Food Waste”, which is focusing on reducing food waste and feeding the needy people.
Expressing his joy over being conferred the nation’s prestigious award, Padmanaban Gopalan said, “I am overwhelmed to receive this prestigious National Youth award for 2016-17. This is the nation’s highest recognition for youth in community development.” He added, “I dedicate this to all the volunteers, team, friends, supporters and well-wishers of my initiative ‘No Food Waste.’ I am here, just as a representative of all of them.”
The National Youth Award is an award from the Govt. of India conferred on young men and women and voluntary organizations, every year during the International Youth Day, in recognition of their outstanding work in the field of National Development and Social Service. The award is conferred for identifiable excellent work by youth in different fields of development activities and social service such as health, research and innovation, culture, promotion of human rights, art and literature, tourism, traditional medicine, active citizenship, community service, sports and academic excellence and smart learning.
Earlier in March 2019, Mr.Padmanaban Gopalan has received the Commonwealth Youth Award 2019 for the Asia Region for “No Food Waste” at a ceremony held at Commonwealth Headquarters in London.
About No Food Waste:
No Food Waste is an edible food recovery and food waste management organization collecting the untouched edible surplus food from weddings, parties and other food sources to feed the needy and hungry people.
The initiative was started in Coimbatore on October 16, 2014 on World Food Day with the focus area of reducing and managing food waste and with the vision of making the “World Hunger-Free”.
Till 10th Aug 2019, the organization has collected and served 10,00,000 (1 Million) plates of surplus foods which worth Rs.5.00 Crores and weighs 330 tons. On an average, organisation is daily feeding about 900 to 1000 needy people across the 10 cities.
The initiative runs a mobile application, which is a geo-mapping platform that facilitates mapping of “hunger communities” and supports users to drop food at, located “hunger spots”. Over 12,000 users and volunteers have downloaded and used the platform in which hunger spots are mapped for more than 15+ cities.