MIT Food Court: Generates more food or waste?2 min read
Manipal: Around 210 kg of food is wasted in the Manipal Institute of Technology’s (MIT) food court every day. The shares of wasted food comprise of food which is thrown away by the students, as well as the prepared food which remains unconsumed.
Yogesh, the manager, welcomes any ideas which would help in cutting down the food wastage. Vijayan KT, the Head Chef added, “We always prepare food less than the number of mouths expected to consume. We have hi-tech machineries which help us to prepare food quickly in case of shortage. At the end, we face only 8-10% of food unconsumed.” According to the food court staff, the wasted food goes to the piggeries every day and will soon be used to make biogas as well.
Col. Kalakoti, the Chief Warden of MIT hostels said, “There has to be a change, both from the end of the food court staff, and its students. Simple steps like placing smaller serving spoons, or placing small butter cubes for breakfast would help to curb wastage. If the students will get to see less butter on the service table, they will psychologically take a smaller bit of butter.”
The staff members of the food court seemed very helpless about the wastage that takes place every day. Manoj (name changed), one of the working members of the food court said, “This is a service sector that we work in and therefore we cannot tell the students not to waste food or tell them to take less food. But we often request the students not to waste food, to which we get blunt replies. Once a girl disposed around 250 g of rice, 2 chapattis, 2 bowls of curd, dal and vegetables. I joined my hands and asked her not to waste so much food. She retorted saying the food is pathetic and asked me to eat it instead. I stopped saying anything since then.”
Another frustrated food court staff posed this question: “If students say that the taste of the food is bad, then why do messes like Annapoorna Mess, which as these students say, serve relatively better food, have so much wastage as well?”
Talking about the hygiene condition in the food court, Ganesh, said, “All our members always have their heads covered, to ensure that the food remains clean. But still, if we receive any complaints, we make it a point to take it as far as possible. If we find an insect in vegetables, we reach to the vendor.”
Col. Kalakoti added to this saying, “In case there is any complaint as such, the students can send me a picture of the food and I will look into the matter personally.”
Edited by Kavana Desai