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Hunger-free Odisha Initiative by SAI Foundation

Bhubaneswar: 18/8/19:To set its step towards the hunger Free Odisha, So AM I Foundation Trust (SAI), a not-for-profit organization launched its Hunger-free Odisha initiative with great pomp and show on 18thAug 2019 at IDCOL  Auditorium.

Padmini  Sahoo, Bhubaneswar – Cuttack Deputy Police Commissioner along with Padmashree Debiprasanna Pattnayak graced the occasion as chief guests.

The basic objective of the initiative is to fight against hunger and malnutrition and control food wastage in the state by channelizing excess food from individuals, weddings, restaurants, corporate offices and reach to the people who really need it and have no means or access to food.

Speaking on the initiative, Pinaki Mohanty, founder of So AM I (SAI) said, “India stands first in hunger list globally where Odisha also continues to be one of the poorest states with 1/6th of its population deprived of sufficient food.  Around 250 million Indians go to bed hungry every night in India. Keeping this in mind, we at SAI have come up with an initiative ensuring no individual in the state is deprived of food.”

The process of controlling the food bank has been made systematically. One can donate excess food from parties and other resources. To donate one has to make a phone call to SAI and bring the excess food to the nearest located food bank. If one cannot come then the volunteer will reach and collect the food.

The food is preserved in food banks in a very hygienic and systematic manner. SAI distributes the foods after making those hot in the SAI’s kitchen and serve to the needy people close by through its volunteers.

Initially, it has come up in Acharya Vihar and SAI is planning next food banks at Rasulgharh and Forest Park.

Apart from this, one can also create a food bank in the name of your loved ones for which one has to donate a big freeze of Rs 80,000 and operating and management cost of Rs 48,000 per annum.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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