Anti-hunger activist Ankit Kawatra has been selected for prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award with 60 others from all 53 Commonwealth countries. He will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony to be held in the Buckingham Palace, UK on June 29, 2017.
Ankit Kawatra’s Accomplishmens:
In 2014, Ankit Kawatra quit his corporate business job and founded a not for profit organisation ‘Feeding India’ that works towards solving problems of hunger, malnutrition and food wastage, mainly by redistributing extra food from restaurants, canteens, households, corporates etc. to help people in need.
- Starting from a team of five, the NGO today works in 43 cities with 4,500 volunteers and has served more than 8.5 million meals to vulnerable individuals such as children, women, old age citizens, disabled people etc.
- He started working for the cause after witnessing massive amount of extra food being thrown away in a wedding.
- As mentioned by Ankit, India wastes 67 million tonnes food every year.
About Queen’s Young Leaders Award:
The Queen’s Young Leader Award recognises and celebrates exceptional people aged 18-29 from across the Commonwealth, who are taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives.
- The program was established by theQueen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society.
- Conferred annually, the award was instituted in 2014 and initially has been approved to run through 2018.
- Winners of this Award receive a unique package of training, mentoring and networking, including a one-week residential programme in the UK during which they will collect their Award from Her Majesty The Queen.