A Woman Saw Hungry People Digging In Her Restaurant’s Trash, So She Put A Fridge Outside

“I have seen so many people … taking food from the trash bin, so it was a shocking thing for me,” Pauline told Upworthy.

It forced Pauline — who left her bank job to open Pappadavada in her hometown of Kochi, India, in 2013 — to think about how much food she herself threw out, not only from her restaurant, but also in her daily life.

Pauline, her customers, and others from the community, leave their leftovers, marked with the date, inside and homeless and hungry people can take whatever they need at any time of day.

Pauline nicknamed the fridge “nanma maram,” which means “tree of goodness” or “virtue tree.” The fridge is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The refrigerator stays unlocked, allowing hungry people to take what they need without the shame of having to beg.

“They don’t have to ask anybody,” Pauline explained.

How much food do we waste? A lot.

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