KOZHIKODE: Inspired by the success of their programme, Compassionate Kozhikode has identified Nov 13th as a World Food with Dignity Day.
Kozhikode District Administration in Kerala, South India, has launched an initiative called Compassionate Kozhikode where the focus is "Food with dignity".
The administration in partnership with the restaurants and hotels association and civil society has ensured that anyone can walk into any one of the hundred restaurants in the district with an approved coupon and have a meal free if they don't have the money to buy one.
Inspired by the success of the program, Compassionate Kozhikode has identified Nov 13 as a World Food with Dignity Day.
How it works…
Sulaimani is a rare blend of tea with lime and warmth. Operation Sulaimani ensures that no one in Kozhikode is denied food on account of an empty or even lost wallet.
Backers of the initiative feel that anyone has the right to food without answering a series of questions in a queue.
There are more than 25 'Sulaimani' Distribution centres in 14 zones of Kozhikode district that one can get coupons. The coupons can be exchanged for a good meal in more than 100 restaurants in the district. This initiative is run in partnership with and Hotel and Restaurants association and public support.
Many people who enjoy the taste of Kozhikode often remember to donate towards the project as well.
Anyone can collect a Sulaimani Coupon from one of the authorised distribution centres. Exchange this for a meal in one of the many hundred partner restaurants and have a hearty meal with dignity. No questions asked.
A donation box is kept at these restaurants for the public to contribute. Money from this collection is consistently collected by volunteers and deposited in a bank account managed by the Hotels & Restaurants Association. Any loss of revenue incurred by participating restaurants is absorbed through the system where they match the coupons collected by each restaurants and distribution centres.