A wise man (or woman) once said that food equals love. There have been countless meals and feasts that we’ve had with family, friends, colleagues and – sometimes – random passers-by that have proved that sentiment. However, what really drove the argument home were various heart-warming stories we’ve heard through the year that revolve around food. Here are some of our favourites; we guarantee that they’ll reaffirm your faith in humanity.
Worried by the impact of drought on farmers in Maharashtra, Mangesh Ahiwale, a street food seller donated an entire day’s earnings of Rs.20,000 to the Maharashtra CM Relief Fund that was going to drought affected farmers.
A New York based bakery, Baked By Melissa used 40,000 cupcakes to create a rainbow coloured peace sign in Central Park in honour of John Lennon’s birthday.
For Children’s Day, Indian celebrity chefs Abishek Basu, Ritu Dalmia, Manish Mehrotra and Manjit Gill cooked ‘dream meals’ for children at the Khushi shelter in Delhi.
In the face of the devastating Chennai floods, massive food giants such as Nestle India, ITC, Coca-cola and Britannia supplied immense amounts of food and drink provisions. Other smaller companies such as Double Roti and Old Baking Company also provided food and shelter for the besieged.
After a groom to be got cold feet at the last moment and backed out of his wedding, the bride’s family hosted a massive dinner for the needy and underprivileged.
The Sheroes cafe in Agra was set up to provide acid attack survivors with a dignified livelihood. At the cafe, survivors are chefs, servers and hold various exhibitions that allows them to earn extra money.
For World Food Day, Food Panda started the ‘You Say, We Give Campaign’, where they donated essential food items to food banks for every comment left on their social media channels.
At a summit on sustainable development, UN delegates were served waste food such as ‘landfill salad’ to give them a better understanding of the immense amount of food waste the world generates.
Zoe and Charles Loughlin prepared their wedding feast using food provided by FoodCycle, which creates meals for people below the poverty line using supermarket discards.
In order to better understand the world of coffee, Jackman and his wide travelled to Ethiopia where he befriended Dukale, an Ethiopian farmer. He then set up Laughing Man Coffee & Tea, which enabled him to help farmers with the fair trade practice in Ethiopia.