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NEW DELHI : Government is all set to put in place a mechanism with which surplus food will easily reach the needy.

The apex food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) in association with NASSCOM Foundation is coming up with a technology platform for Food Donation in India.

The platform would have a 24-hour helpline number, an interactive application and a back-end website to connect donors with surplus food to food distribution organisations and will lead to seamless distribution of surplus food to the needy, across the country.

This platform will also facilitate registration of surplus food distribution organisations and initially, the network of 81 such organisations across India, known as the Indian Food Sharing Alliance (IFSA) will be a part of this platform.

Yet to be named, this much needed solution will provide an easy accessible platform that will cater to different stakeholders like food businesses, hoteliers, caterers, individuals etc. and facilitate food donations in any part of the country, the FSSAI said in a statement.

Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI said, “the arrangement will definitely provide a recognition to the organisations involved in surplus food distribution and would help in reducing the wastage of food in the country through food donation."

According to a survey by Bhook (an organization working towards reducing hunger) in 2013, 20 crore Indians slept hungry on any given night. About 7 million children died in 2012 because of hunger/malnutrition.

According to another study published in the CSR journal, “Indians waste as much food as the whole of United Kingdom consumes". This is when in India millions of people sleep hungry.

All the social functions and social joints in India (specially the northern and central parts), for instance weddings, canteens, hotels, social and family functions, households, spew out so much food, the study has highlighted.

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