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ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2023

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. 44,000+ student leaders from 3,300+ campuses across 170+ nations applied to join the Class of 2023. 260+ campuses worldwide (just 9%) in 38 countries were selected to host 4,000+ Millennium Fellows for the Class of 2023.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT GAYATHRI VENKATESAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2023.

Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering | Chennai, India | Advancing SDG 2 & UNAI 6 | Emerging Technologist

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Millennium Fellowship Project: Community Food Redistribution Initiative

The core idea of our project involves establishing a system that facilitates a connection between individuals with limited financial means (those with low or very low incomes) and local restaurants within the city. This system serves as an intermediary link between the city's restaurants and areas inhabited by economically disadvantaged individuals who struggle to access nutritious meals. The approach involves restaurants utilizing Variable Message Signs (VMS) to send text and voice messages notifying the availability of surplus food (food that has been prepared but not served to customers) in their establishments.
Strategically positioned VMS, situated in close proximity to areas where impoverished individuals reside, relay these notifications. Upon receiving these messages, underserved individuals have the opportunity to visit the restaurants and acquire the surplus food prior to the restaurant's subsequent opening hours or following its closure. Importantly, this arrangement ensures that these individuals are charged an affordable rate based on their financial capabilities.
The primary goal is twofold: to significantly reduce food wastage by repurposing surplus restaurant food and to provide economically disadvantaged individuals with access to high-quality meals. This initiative is designed not to disrupt the normal operational hours of the restaurants; instead, it offers surplus food either after closing hours, prior to opening hours, or during periods of minimal customer activity.

About the Millennium Fellow

Gayathri Venkatesan is a third year in BE Computer Science and Engineering at Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, TN, India. She is passionate about the environment and the women's rights movement. She believes that any individual has the ability to shift the tides of change in their favor. From childhood, she has learned about the environment and the hazardous impacts current human standards have on it. She wishes to make a change through her work. After she graduates, she plans to further pursue a higher education in computer science.

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