Food to the Needy
When India entered into a nation-wide lockdown on 24 March 2020, our team came across several reports where migrant workers were left without income, shelter and food while being under the direct threat of COVID-19 disease. Kalam Centre through its huge network of volunteers reached out to this vulnerable section of society through Kalam Community Kitchen.
We helped migrant workers and their families in two models (depending on their need)-
Families who were stranded and homeless: We provided them with kits with cooked meals, sanitizer and masks.
Families who were left without income but with shelter: We provided them with an uncooked meal kit, hand-wash and masks. Uncooked meals consist of Arhar Daal (2 kg), Rice (5 kg), Aata (5 kg), Groceries, Spices, Salt, Sugar, Milk Packet, Tea Bag, Biscuit box, cooking oil, utensil cleaner detergent and hand soap. Each kit is enough to sustain a family of 4 for 2 weeks.
Transit travelers who were passing through a city: These were in difficult situations and often suffering from diarrhea, exhaustion and dehydration. We supplied them with ORS, snacks and clean water for helping their onward journey.
With support from Godrej, Zomato, Ketto and local communities, we were able to reach out to over 50,000 migrant workers in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. To date, we have distributed over one-month ration kits benefitting over 55,000 migrant workers and their families (under Model 2) and served about 4,00,000 cooked meals (under Model 1).
We also reached out to help stray animals including dogs, cats and cattle.
Taking this forward, we are now starting two new Kalam Community kitchens for the blue collared laborers who are displaced from their jobs. This kitchen will operate at two in a remote area called Netala in Uttarakhand and Lilapur village in Ahmedabad.