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The Community Kitchen project – Your help we need,so we can feed!

We are delighted to share a blog written by Harini Rajkumar, a student at M.CT.M Chidambaram Chettyar International School who is part of a team delivering a Global Goals project for the 2018-19 Global Goals Competition.

Their project is among over 800 social action projects currently running as part of the GSL movement and we are excited to be supporting them to design and lead positive social change in their community. 

GO FOR IT! No matter how it ends, it was an experience.

Project Overview

“There are genuinely sufficient resources in the world to ensure that no one, nowhere, at no time, should go hungry.”-Ed Ashner

We team Foodies to the rescue, a group of 6 core enthusiasts from M.CT.M Chidambaram Chettyar International school are working towards exactly that.

#ZERO HUNGER: The motto which has kept us driving for the past 4 months amidst our hectic exam schedules. Amidst all our ventures the one which made us work our socks off was the Community Kitchen; It sure did give us a utmost sense of happiness and accomplishment. A venture which worked behind the concept “A fistful makes a difference”.This project saw us feeding over 550 hungry less fortunate people around the streets.

Our Journey

It all kick started when we got the idea of re-creating the idea of a community kitchen. We started encouraging our school mates over all grades to contribute a fistful of rice and Dal which we used to cook a homemade meal of Dal rice. We collected 15 kg of rice and 10 kg of Dal from our school; we honestly never thought we will have such a response from our friends back at school.

Now came the big task: cooking around 25 kg of food when we didn’t know the A-Z of cooking, forget cooking for 550+ people. Our mothers came to our rescue and we did spend some blood, sweat and tears while cooking; blood when we bruised ourselves, sweat while beating the heat standing next to the pot of rice and tears while cutting onions!

We now had the food ready &all parceled.Now we sure needed help identifying the hunger spots at Chennai: Here is where we roped in the help of a NGO called No food waste. Their core team helped us in accomplishing the magnanimous task were we personally went out handing over the food parcels. We would like to thank all the volunteers, teachers , parents and our school management to make our idea a reality !

The Next Chapter

The smile on the faces of the needy lit us up with joy and enthusiasm and it acted as a fuel to our passion; to work even harder towards our goal(s). We would definitely encourage other schools to take up this idea. It would be great if you could follow us on Instagram and do look at the video(click here). To all the students out there do little things with a big heart and great love. Remember,

“Every contribution counts. Everyone can make a difference….Just start from yourself!”

-Team Foodies to the rescue

The 2018-19 GSL Global Goals Competition is now open and runs until June 2019. If you belong to one of the 700+ teams of students currently delivering a social action project as part of the competition we would love to hear from you and feature your blog and project photos on our website to inspire others.