Donate old newspapers to help someone eat

Feeding over 12k migrant patient & caregivers including women & children) living outside hospitals per month by selling/recycling newspapers

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Organization name

Uday Foundation

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Growth (the pilot has already launched and is starting to expand)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 10,000 - 50,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • India

Headquarters location: City

New Delhi

Location(s) of impact

India, New Delhi


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Every year, lacs of people come to New Delhi, Capital of India to seek treatments in government hospitals. Apart from various challenges they face in their struggle to get medical treatment such as long dates for various diagnostic tests & procedures, expensive medicines and other treatments, the most difficult challenge they face is to get their basic needs met in the capital city of India –food, clothing and shelter.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Donate old newspapers to help someone eat: Through this program we are arranging food for poor patients & their family members visiting various hospitals in New Delhi. Many patients come from nearby States and are often very poor and in several cases, the family goes hungry to save money. We give free, but wholesome, food to families of underprivileged patients who come from far-off places to Delhi for treatment. The old newspapers piling up in our storeroom could help feed hungry patients and caregivers. Currently we are selling the newspapers to paper manufacturers & also recently we have engaged family members of patients to make paper bags of these collected old newspapers. The money we get is used to put together a food donation drive organised for poor patients and caregivers. On an average, one plate of food costs ₹15, which can be earned by selling 1.5 kg of newspapers.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Social Impact : We are able to feed approx 12000 migrant poor patients and their caregivers per month including women, children, elderly. All the money generated after selling or recycling the newspapers are used for the purpose. We cook fresh and nutritious food, which served in environment friendly plates. Environmental Impact: Hundreds of trees can be saved by recycling papers. By this initiative we are not only feeding the needy but also making a small contribution to the environment. Recently we have engaged caregivers of the patients to make paper bags of old newspapers collected through donation. We plan to promote the same as the replacement of plastic bags.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1.Individual donations or gifts : 80% 2. Grants: Non 3. Corporate contributions: 20% 4. Earned income: NON 5. Other: NON

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

A trash can feed a needy also help us to save the environment.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

My son, Arjunuday was born in 2006 with multiple birth defects. In his initial months, he was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, but later he had to be shifted to a Government run hospital. It was during my stay in hospital that I closely watched the daily struggle of caregivers. I realized that apart from a good medical treatment, they also need a dignified living while treatment of their loved one continues – these include safe and hygienic place to live, meals to eat, clean drinking water etc. Also it is very important to connect people to people. When someone donate oldnewspaper, we also request them to come to the hospital and feed the needy yourself. It gives them immense satisfaction and happiness.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

  • Ashoka page or contact

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Your project is addressing global goal number 2, which speaks to zero hunger among communities. Well done.