Sambalpur: People can now donate leftover food from social gatherings and households to the city’s first food ATM launched by Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC), in collaboration with ‘Swaichha’, a local social organisation.
The food ATM, named Trupti, with a refrigerator of 700 litre capacity has been opened near the district headquarters hospital. Poor and the underprivileged can pick food from here for free from 7 am to 10 pm every day.
The civic body and volunteers of Swaichha will jointly manage the food ATM, SMC Enforcement Officer Subhankar Mohanty told the New Indian Express.
He said that people will be asked to donate only packed vegetarian food, the quality of which will be regularly checked by SMC food inspector.
The first food ATM in Sambalpur district was opened at Kuchinda on November 6. It is being managed by the NAC.