On Saturday, April 9th, Penn State’s Association for India’s Development (AID) hosted its 18th annual Taste of India event at State College Area High School. For $15, students from Penn State and members of the State College community were treated to a buffet consisting of vegetarian food from all over India prepared by members of the Indian community in State College. With the smells of chai, chutney, rice, and chaat filling the air, hundreds of diners sat, ate, and socialised within the school’s cafeteria.
Diners were also treated to sand art and palmistry, and traditional Indian clothes and accessories were being sold outside of the cafeteria. The money raised by this event is being used to fund several projects that are being conducted in India to help improve the lifestyle of impoverished and marginalized Indians.
Last year roughly $12,000 was raised to fund these projects, and AID is hoping to be able to raise more money to benefit communities in India this year through various events and through donations. To make a donation to AID, visit their website, scroll to the “get involved” tab, and click “donate to AID”!