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For Narayanan Krishnan, it took only one image to change his life: that of an elderly man eating his own waste. Krishnan was an award-winning chef at a 5-star hotel group when he came across the man living under a bridge in Madurai, India. When the chef saw what the man was eating, he said he was shocked — and haunted — by the image. He began feeding the man, and a week later, Krishnan had quit his job and decided he would devote his life to feeding the hungry. That was in 2003. He has now served more than 1.2 million meals to India’s homeless and destitute — mostly elderly, abandoned and often abused by their own families.
Krishnan’s day begins at 4 a.m. He and his team cover nearly 125 miles in a donated van, routinely working in temperatures topping 100 degrees. The hot meals he delivers are simple vegetarian dishes he personally prepares, packs and often hand-feeds to nearly 400 clients each day.
And consider this: While most of us skirt the homeless on city streets and freeway underpasses, Narayanan Krishnan seeks them out.