Annamrita Cares - An Initiative Against COVID19
COVID-19 pandemic has become widespread in India, leading to the Government declaring a complete nationwide lockdown till 14th April 2020. While the lockdown is imperative for keeping COVID-19 at bay, it has given root to several issues. On the one hand, hundreds of thousands of daily wage earners are stranded in cities without a means of income. On the other, quarantined people, patients, and medical staff don’t have the luxury to roam around freely to meet their essential requirements. The only way for us resolve these issues is together. The government is doing it’s part; and we have the power to help.
What’s the plan?
Annamrita Foundation is providing nutritious and hygienic meals to all the municipal wards, hospital staff, and daily wagers stranded all over India every day through our dedicated staff of cooks, helpers, supervisors, and drivers. As per the guidelines of WHO, proper food handling techniques are being implemented using masks, hand gloves, sanitizers as well as social distancing and personal hygiene.
Currently, we are running 3 programs to help the people in need:
- Municipal staff feeding program
This includes people dedicatedly serving in departments of Solid Waste Management, Maintenance, Public Health, Water, Social Justice, and Disaster Management.
- Hospital health staff feeding program
We have started serving meals to hospitals in Mumbai to all the health care staff including doctors, nurses, assistant staff, pathology staff, and office assistants.
- Food for life
Annamrita Foundation is also providing meals to the underprivileged and needy in streets and slums through our various kitchens in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh.
We are preparing the meals in our kitchens and we have identified organizations that will take the responsibility to pick the meals and distribute to the needy. We have tied up with State Governments to supply the food in an efficient manner.
We are already serving 1.5 lakh people across India and this number is expected to grow to 5 lakh in coming weeks.
How can you help?
Your contribution can help us reach more people. Regular access to healthy and hygienic food will not only strengthen the efforts of our COVID-19 warriors, but will also limit public movement and eliminate the risk of widespread panic. This, in turn, will make the lockdown more effective. Come and join us in this time of need.
Annamrita Foundation (formerly known as ISKCON Food Relief Foundation), has been serving Mid-Day Meals, to Municipal and Aided schools from 21 locations in seven states of India serving up to 12 lac meals every day, since 2004.
Our state-of-the-art kitchen complies with all FSSAI norms and is also certified with ISO 22000:2005. Our kitchens are dedicated to high-quality Nutrition, Cleanliness, Hygiene and timely delivery to schools under all circumstances.