Mumbai Roti Bank is a non-profit, food rescue organisation initiated by Roti Foundation Mumbai that bridges the gap between hunger and excess food. Started in December 2017 under the able mentorship of former Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Mr. D. Sivanandhan, we aim to eliminate hunger, malnutrition and food wastage, many meals at a time.
The way our NGO functions is simple. We pick up excess food from weddings, events, hotels, cafeterias, housing societies and deliver it to thousands of hungry people who live in slums or on the footpath. We daily serve beneficiaries which primarily include children and also others who are most in need. Other than that, we distribute freshly cooked food to our regular beneficiaries. The NGO has dedicated helplines where we can be reached and our vans pick up the excess food and redistribute it promptly, thus ensuring that the quality of the food remains intact.
We have now expanded our reach to additional areas like Mira-Bhayandar, Thane and Nagpur. All of these locations host their own helpline and dedicated vans for distributing food in their area.
Registered as a trust ‘Roti Foundation Mumbai’ in May 2018, the Mumbai Roti Bank initiative is driven by its visionaries and
enthusiastic team who are all set to scale
up the activities significantly.
We pick up food from anytime between 10 am to 9:30 pm. We do not collect food that was stored overnight.
Mr. Sivanandhan is a former Police Commissioner of Mumbai. His career with the Police force has many highlights. One of India’s most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers, he was also an active member of the special task force in the National Security Council Secretariat. Now retired, he is actively taking part in uplifting the community. He introduced a website for the city’s youth to connect to each other and grow as a network. He also helped the Thane Police School improve its facilities so that the children have better access to technology. As a mentor to the Mumbai Roti Bank, his vision and ideals have guided us in achieving our vision and helped us in trying to expand our operations.
Mr. Sushil Jiwarajka, a prominent industrialist is the Chairman of Artheon Group of
companies. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Essjay Ericsson Pvt. Ltd,
a Joint Venture between himself and LM Ericsson of Sweden. He has also mentored and nurtured several young entrepreneurs, who are today running successful businesses. He works in the field of renewable enrgy and his goal is to power up those parts of the world whichare devoid of electricity. Mr. Jiwarajka has been invaluable as a trustee to our cause. His insights and business acumen have helped us establish our cause on firm ground.
Dr. Natarajan is a renowned ophthalmologist who is the current CMD of Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai. He hails from a long line of ophthalmologists and has worked in many prestigious organizations such as Sankara Netralaya, Chennai and Taparia Institute of Opthalmology, Mumbai. For his achievements in the field of medicine and for establishing Aditya Jyot as a leading eye institution in India, he was awarded the Padma Shri award.