Odisha: Sambalpur got its first food ATM on Tuesday (November 12). Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC), in collaboration with ‘Swaichha’, a social organisation, launched the food ATM in Odisha. The food ATM is named Trupti and has been opened near the district headquarters hospital (DHH).

The main aim of the food ATM is to facilitate a source through which the poor and underprivileged can get food free of cost. The ATM would enable people to donate leftover food from social gatherings and households.

The food ATM will remain open from 7 am to  10 pm every day.  This is the second food ATM in the district after Kuchinda. The food ATM at Kuchinda, managed by the NAC, was inaugurated on November 6.

A refrigerator of 700-litre capacity has been installed inside the kiosk. SMC enforcement officer Subhankar Mohanty said the civic body and volunteers of Swaichha would jointly manage the food ATM. The food inspector of SMC would check the quality of food at the kiosk at regular intervals. People have been asked to donate packed vegetarian food only, he said.