While many restaurants try to make sure that homeless people do not go near their establishment since these ‘undesirable’ people can be an eyesore and could drive potential customers away, a well-known restaurant in India is doing the complete opposite.
According to the owner of Pappadavada, Minu Pauline, they placed an unlocked refrigerator outside their establishment and places around 75-80 servings per day so the homeless can get as much as they need – for free!
Aside from donating these many servings each day, the restaurant is also encouraging its patrons to share their blessings to the homeless by adding some servings into the fridge; thus, there are days when the refrigerator is filled with more than 100 servings of food!
To make sure that the homeless do not accidentally eat rotten food from the fridge (in case not all servings get consumed in the day), the restaurant also puts dates on the wrapper of each food serving so that individuals getting the food will know how long it has been placed in the fridge.
“Money is yours but resources belong to society. That’s the message I want to send out,” Pauline declared. “If you’re wasting your money, it’s your money, but you’re wasting the society’s resources. Don’t waste the resource, don’t waste the food.”