A Gambhir mission to ‘win hearts, beat hunger’


Gautam Gambhir is on a mission beyond cricket. To ‘win hearts and beat hunger’. That’s how the dashing left-hander will mention his community service philanthropic initiative.

The Gautam Gambhir Foundation has started a community kitchen in West Delhi that will serve lunch to up to 800 people per day. The service Ek Asha (one hope) is named after the cricketer’s late maternal grandmother Asha. This noble initiative is launched on July 31 (Monday), which also happened to be the birth date of Asha Jee.

Won World Cups, Won IPLs,beaten opponents. Now time 2 win hearts & beat hunger. Community Kitchen #1 by Gautam Gambhir Foundation. Gambhir had tweeted this with picture from a venue.

Gambhir himself joined the service on Day One at Patel Nagar, West Delhi. There are plans to initiate four more such kitchens in East, West, South and North districts of Delhi.

“Every time I go to a restaurant or a buffet, I feel sad to see so much food being wasted. More people can be fed with the food I have seen being wasted than actually consumed at these set ups. Whenever I see it, I feel a concern for the ones who are deprived even of one good meal. For long I was thinking of doing something for the people,” Gambhir told Insidesport, while also sharing an experience from his junior school days.

“As a kid, I had noticed junior staff and attendants taking food from kids’ tiffin. I would get offended to see that. As I grew up, I did realize what did quality food meant to them. That realization was the first inspiration to do something like this.”

The India cricketer is funding the entire initiative at his own, insidesport has reliably learnt. The kitchen will be serving a complete meal for lunch with a different menu listed for the week. The big occasions and festivals will also have a sweet on the platter. Hygiene and quality are cricketer’s top priorities for the kitchen.

A strong supporter of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Gambhir has also advised his managers to make necessary arrangements to ensure proper disposal of leftovers.

The Delhi and India cricketer is also involved with various other social and public services.

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