In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan came up with the idea to collect the excess food from weddings and events and distribute it to the hungry. He started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that redistributes untouched food. No Food Waste advertises their phone number at events, and when they get a call they bring trucks to come get the extra plates of food. This food is served to the hungry within 4 hours. This local initiative has now spread to more than 10 areas throughout India. So far, the completely volunteer-run network has served over 285,000 plates of food, and Gopalan says that seeing all the smiles on people’s faces makes him happy to continue his mission.