Look at all that wasted food

Credit: Daily Times

A young man is sifting for scraps of food in the refuse thrown out by a restaurant on MM Alam Road. How can people have the heart to throw out all that food everyday when we all know there are so many people in the country who would be lucky if they go to bed having eaten a proper meal.

11 Comments so far

  1. Babar (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    Terrible. All that wasted food could feed many little malnourished kids.
    I am just curious, does anybody know if there is some NGO having a food program to help poor kids get a reasonable and respectable meal, in Lahore or anywhere else in Pakistan.

  2. sh (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 1:41 am

    well its nothing new and nothing could change.

    it happens at all resturants people leave food which then gets thrown away. It happens in new york, London, Hong kong, Paris etc so pakistan is no exception,

  3. Raza (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 2:37 am

    Maybe by talking about it we can at least put some light on the issue and who knows maybe even change some hearts…a change doesn’t have to be huge even small things make a big difference sometimes.

    As for Neyw York, London, Hong Kong, Paris etc…they can afford to throw out all that food…I don’t know if we can claim the same for Pakistan and when you factor in that as Muslims, we are not supposed to waste any food at all anways then this makes it a big deal.

  4. Haseeb (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 10:07 am

    Yeah SH. I agree with Raza. Just because it happens in non-Muslim countries doesn’t and should not make it socially acceptable in Pakistan. We should not be acceptable such things as a socail norm.

  5. sh (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 6:46 pm

    well if you think that we shouldny throw away food like that then we should just put a ban on resturants and cafes, cos where ever there are resturants or cafes, food is bound to be thrown away.

  6. sam (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:20 pm

    Is there an orphanage or a katchi abadi nearby where this can be directed to? I dont live in Lahore, but here is an opportunity for those who care enough to do some research and set up a system. Lets talk about solutions rather than pure criticism. I read something interesting somewhere…”its the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, who actually do!”

  7. sheepoo (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 9:21 pm

    This is not the problem with the restaurants. What are they supposed to do with the left over food? Serve it to the new customer?
    I think what is needed is an awareness drive to tell people that wasting food is not a very good thing and that whatever is left over will be thrown away. So better be prudent!

  8. iblees (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 10:16 pm

    wow, what a moron!; in words of dogbert, “never have children”

  9. kidal (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:39 pm

    SH, are you for real?! I doubt that you have ever worked in a restaurant. I have, in Montreal, Canada. While some food will always be discarded, the amount you see in the picture is not normal by any standards. Even for the little food that is left, there are ways to prevent it from being wasted. The restaurant owner can distribute it among the employees. There are also charities that have agreements with restaurants to take their food at the end of the day and serve it to the poor and homeless at night. The food may not be good for the next day but it is usually still in excellent condition if consumed that night.

    BTW, I don’t think that its all food in the picture. Its probably mixed with normal restaurant garbage.

  10. fozia bhatti (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 1:46 am

    how about donating the food to a food bank or having a nearby charity pick it up.
    Alot of resturaunts in Canada donate their edible food items to meals on wheels program hich is an organization which regularly takes food from resturaunts to the homeless.Someone should start something similar in Pakistan.

  11. Raza (unregistered) on August 22nd, 2006 @ 7:19 am

    Fozia, this is a great idea…I hope someone starts up something like this in Lahore. Meals on wheels program would be great…vans on the roads distributing free food to the homeless but I don’t know how feasible it would be in Paksitan.

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