Ethics Hero: Minu Pauline And Her Curbside Fridge

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Ethical people will come up with the damnedest ways to do good things.

After watching the poor and homeless rummage through the dumpster outside of the restaurant she owns in Kochi, India, Minu Pauline thought about how she could facilitate access to the perfectly edible food that her establishment had to dispose of on a regular basis. So when she opened a second restaurant, it included a fully functional refrigerator on the sdiewalk out front.  She stocks it with leftover food from her restaurant, and invites others to do likewise.  Now her customers and residents of the community leave their leftovers and excess food, marked with the date, in the curbside fridge too.The homeless and the poor can take whatever they need 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without having to beg.

Pauline calls the refrigerator  nanma maram, which means “tree of goodness” or “virtue tree.” The name is particularly apt, for she is providing dignity and kindness, as well as charity.


Pointer: Fred

5 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Minu Pauline And Her Curbside Fridge

  1. I wish more restaurants and regular people would do this, instead of donating low-quality canned and boxed food that mostly gets thrown out. There is a pervasive myth that, if people get sick from donated food, the donator of the food can be sued, even if they donated the item in good faith. This is not true, but because the law that ensures this in the US is, for reasons known only to Congress and Satan, required to be re-passed annually, many businesses, even if they would like to donate leftover food or leave it out in such a fashion, are hesitant to do so because of this uncertainty.

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