Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Prasad - Nashik Chapter , Feeding India
I first heard of Feeding India from one of my friends in Nagpur and filled the form on the website. I joined Feeding India in February 2019 and that’s how we started our Nashik chapter.
We conducted our first food drive in Nashik during the last week of February with just 6 volunteers, and since then have conducted more than 100 drives, with 32 volunteers today.
For me the turning point was during our second food drive where I went to a self funded orphanage that had kids between the ages 6-12. The staff informed us that the kids had eaten only bananas and biscuits since the past 3 days, since they had no real resources to get food there. That’s when we got surplus nutritious food from a wedding and distributed it to the kids. I was overwhelmed as I noticed tears in the children's eyes when they saw their first real meal in days. That day I realised what it truly means to be hungry and I pledged that I would never let these kids go hungry. This is the main reason for me to keep going and conducting food drives all the time.
I felt the motivation from day one, right to this day; to see even a single persons good work make all the difference.
I know when we think about the challenges ahead, during our donation drives, it seems like just one meal at a time, but I also know that it could be the only real meal someone has seen in days. I now lead Feeding India’s efforts in Nashik and have vowed to solve hunger for as many people as I can on a daily basis.