Ankit Kawatra, founder of Feeding India and a recognised social entrepreneur has been named in the “Forbes 30 under 30” list under the Social Entrepreneurs category from India. The Forbes “30 under 30” list features young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who are challenging conventions and making an impact in the world. The second annual list includes 30 honorees for each of the 10 categories that make up the list and includes eminent personalities like Alia Bhatt, Margot Robbie and Joseph Schooling.
An alumnus of Delhi University’s Keshav Mahavidyalaya College, Ankit left his corporate job at the age of 22 to start Feeding India -a youth-run, not-for-profit organisation that channelises excess food to feed the hungry. Having started as a team of 5, the organisation grew into a network of more than 4,500 volunteers in 46 cities in India feeding over 6 million meals.
“Being on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List is like a dream come true. This is not just recognition for me, but also for my dream of a hunger free world, where no child has to die of not having proper food. I am honored to be on the Forbes List, and forever grateful to the Feeding India volunteers, team and supporters who have been with me through thick and thin. This recognition will help establish Hunger a stronger concern globally and take us all a step closer to my dream.” says Ankit.
In September 2016, Ankit was appointed as the UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon amongst 18,000 applicants across 186 countries and also won the Queen’s Young Leaders award in UK for his exceptional work in transforming the lives of others.
His NGO, Feeding India, not only facilitates combating hunger by the distribution of excess food from weddings, parties, corporate events and households but has also started innovative projects such as ‘The Magic Truck’, which is a 24X7 refrigerated vehicle moving around the city collecting and donating excess food.