#atozchallenge: Tasty Treats at Project Why

For the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I’m blogging 26 days in April based on the alphabet and bringing you stories from the nonprofit Project Why.

 Damyanti Biswas talks about the Nonprofit ProjectWhy In the slums of New DelhiRight from day one Project Why decided to source all its needs from within the community be it its staff, its spaces, its skills and above all, its food. Community lunch for the staff began on day one. The first meals were bought from the local food cart, and subsequently the meals were cooked in a small kitchen at the Project. But as Project Why grew, the tiny kitchen felt too cramped, so the food got made at a staff member’s home. This has been the case for the food at the Giri Nagar, Govindpuri and Okhla centers.

The food is prepared early in the morning, packed and then dropped at each center where lunch is eaten together: staff, volunteers and the occasional guest. At the Women’s Center Roshni cooks the lunch, a simple fare of dal and rice and sometimes a vegetable. Roshni has been with the center since day one. Sometimes one of the teachers pitches in and you may get a plate of chili potato. On special occasions, as a guest, you get a taste of Roshni’s incredible vegetable pilaf.

Lunch at Project Why breaks barriers of nation, class and creed, and becomes a way for the entire staff, volunteers, and guests to bond over the most basic of human activities: sharing a meal. Cooked with tons of love, this simple fare has been a constant since Project Why began, and is the tastiest treat in town. I’ve tasted their aloo-gobhi and chole, and can vouch for both.

If you ever volunteer at Project Why, you’d share in this meal too. Everyone is invited!

Would you like to come volunteer at Project Why? Have you ever cooked for the entire staff of an organization? Does your organization serve lunch?

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  1. hilarymb

    Hi Damyanti – what a great way of adapting … so everyone gets fed – even simple fare can be so delicious … it’s just wonderful to read how everyone pitches in – then share their meal together … cheers Hilary

  2. Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

    Out blog hopping from North Carolina during the #Challenge. Just visiting you deciding to start with bloggers WAY dow the list figuring they wouldn’t get as many visits. Project Way is indicative of a fine community taking care of those who are in need. Inviting you to TEA today-part of my theme of hotels and inns this year. Hope you have time and interest.

  3. jdubj

    And a great lunch it is too in Govind Puri and I always looked forward to Roshni’s taste lunch when I visited there. I remember sharing lunch with the special guys, they gave me some of their packed lunches and we shared, they all looked at me, waiting, sniggering to try one of the girls lunches, I wondered why…it was the hottest, spiciest but tasty chilli vegetables. But the joke was on them because I liked spicy food and wolfed it down, I wouldn’t have wanted a hole plate of it though.

  4. Jacqui Murray

    I really shouldn’t read about food before lunch. I skip breakfast–a nod toward trying to keep my weight stable. Your pictures are making me hungry.