The Anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra, 25, has been awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for 2017 by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony in the Buckingham Palace. Ankit Kawatra is the founder of Feeding India, an organisation which works towards eradicating hunger and food wastage in India. In 2014, Mr Kawatra quit his corporate business job and founded a not for profit organisation Feeding India that works towards solving problems of hunger, malnutrition and food wastage, mainly by redistributing extra food from restaurants, canteens, households, corporates etc. to help people in need. His organisation established in 2014 functions across 43 Indian cities with the help of 4,500 volunteers serving 8 million meals to the needy.
"India wastes 67 million tones food every year which is more than the national output of Britain. If no one else was working on it, I had to take the first step to channelise the excess food," says Mr Kawatra. Starting from a team of five, the NGO today works in 43 cities with 4,500 volunteers and has served more than 8.5 million meals to vulnerable individuals such as children, women, old age citizens, disabled people etc.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Award, established by The Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust, the Royal Commonwealth Society and Comic Relief has recognized exceptional work towards solving hunger and malnutrition in India.
The awards mark the Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne and over six decades of service to Commonwealth nations. The award highlights the importance of solving the problem of hunger and take action towards “725 million people around the world who do not even have basic food and nutrition.” The award identifies and supports 60 exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth, aged 18-29 who have made a lasting difference by transforming the lives of others.