FeedIndia feeds millions

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June 17, 2020

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FeedIndia feeds millions

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India

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June 17, 2020

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Restaurants everywhere have been forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This left kitchens empty and chefs out of work, while others found themselves on the streets as a result of lockdown measures. So many chefs have opened up their hearts and, more to the point, their kitchens to feed those in need. Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna has gone a step further, he has fed 13 million people during India’s lockdown, and counting.

Working at night due to the time difference from his apartment in New York, Khanna called on the Natural Disaster Relief Force which had helped him distribute food to the poor in the past. Khanna invested his own funds and financial technology giant Paytm sponsored the initiative. Food technology company HungerBox provided the use of its industrial kitchens in Mumbai and Noida to cook over 20,000 meals every day. And rice companies India Gate and Daawat donated food.

Food stations

 

Under the hashtag #feedIndia, Khanna coordinated efforts to deliver dry food to homes for the disabled and elderly, orphanages and poor neighbourhoods at first. However. the announcement of India’s lockdown sparked an exodus of low-skilled workers who were forced to leave the cities and return to their villages to survive. The greatest need was amongst those heading long distances home, often by foot. Khanna set up soup kitchens along roads at one of India’s largest petrol station chains Bharat Petroleum turning fuel stations into food stations.

Breaking down taboos

 

His efforts have not stopped at food. Khanna’s organisation has also delivered desperately needed sanitary kits and sanitary towels. Dubbed as the World’s Largest Food Drive, Khanna’s initiative is also reaching India’s HIV+ people, transgenders and sex workers, as well as feeding people #FeedIndia is breaking down taboos in its wake.

 

WWW:
http://vkhanna.com/

 

 

Photo credits: Vikas Khanna