Annamrita Foundation (previously known as ISKCON Food Relief Foundation) is a not-for-profit, non- religious, non-sectarian public charitable trust formed on April 23, 2004 and registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950. Through our various programs, we have been consistently working towards safeguarding and promoting access to nutritious, safe, and affordable diets to the vulnerable sections of our society
Many sections of our society continue to be affected by the disrupted food supply chains, job cuts, and loss of daily wages in the wake of the lockdown. The Annamrita Karuna program has helped us mitigate the ongoing hunger crisis by ensuring that daily wage earners, migrants, hospital staff, and patients get cooked food 7 days a week under our 3 programs:
Municipal staff feeding program
This includes people dedicatedly serving in departments of Maintenance, Public Health, Water, Social Justice, Solid Waste Management and Disaster Management.
Food for Life
Meals to the underprivileged and communities in streets and slums through our various kitchens in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh.
The meals are prepared in our state-of-the-art kitchens and are distributed amongst the impacted communities through identified organizations. Our partnerships with State Governments enable us to supply the food efficiently. So far, we have served more than 20 million cooked meals* in 14 cities across the nation.
Annamrita Karuna Hospital Program
With the number of COVID casualties still on the rise, India's healthcare systems are working round the clock to tackle the situation. In times like these, we believe that it is crucial that the medical staff gets nutritious meals that revitalize them. And this has been the sole mission of our Hospital feeding program. To deliver freshly prepared, nutritious meals to our frontline warriors who are relentless in this battle against COVID-19.
Through this initiative, we have been serving meals to all the health care staff including doctors, nurses, assistant staff, pathology staff, and office assistants since March 25th, 2020.
Kit Of Joy
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger threatens millions of Indians more than ever, with women and children being the worst hit. As the long-term effects of the pandemic begin to surface, we realized the need to redirect our efforts toward feeding the most impacted communities in India.
Leveraging our kitchens across the country, the Kit Of Joy program focuses on delivering healthy and wholesome nutrition, in the form of dry rations and provisions.
Each Kit Of Joy donated to a child consists of:
- Edible oil
- Nutritious chana dal
- Soya nuggets
- A box of wholesome sweets.
We have already served more than
Feeding the lesser privileged is an act of compassion that is accepted across all religions. Since time immemorial “Anna Daan" or the act of donating food is supreme and incomparable to any other form of charity. Annamrita’s program, ‘Tithi Bhoj’ enables you to sponsor meals on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, festivals, promotions etc. for underprivileged children. By partnering with Annamrita on such occasions you not only continue this tradition but also help sponsor meals and bring smiles to millions of lesser privileged children in slums and tribal schools.
We have made it easy for you to donate with payment options like online, net banking or cash. If you prefer to make a monthly pledge, we will gladly assist with the same and provide a tax-deductible receipt. A standing instruction can also be given to your bank, or you can send a donation by mail to the administrative office.
Annamrita Mid-Day Meals
Annamrita has long resolved to uplift the health status of children by liberating them from the vicious cycle of Illiteracy and Malnutrition by providing them nutritious and hygienic meals prepared in hi-tech kitchen which nourishes the body and improves the nutritional status among young children. Its mid day meal program is being implemented in municipal, government aided and non-aided schools for the benefit of underprivileged children. The work is done without any commercial motive and the benefits are available to needy students at large without any discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed or gender.
Since the launch of the program, Annamrita has set up state-of-the-art kitchens in 8 states and 21 cities namely; Tardeo, Mahula, Mira Bhayandar, Nigdi, Palghar, Aurangabad, Wada, Nagpur, Jalna, Delhi, Jamshedpur, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Kurukshetra, Palwal, Kolkata, Jaipur, kadapa, Nellore, Rajamundary, Ranganarra Gadda, and Tirupati.
One question that the Annamrita team has been asked often is how corporate employees can be more involved in the project. Our program 'Khichdi Drive' was started with the goal of getting corporates and institutions more involved in the project. Annamrita hosts a khichdi tasting at a corporate office, wherein, employees get to taste the same khichdi which is being served to the children across schools that day. This activity not only helps us undraise but also creates greater awareness for our cause.
So, if you can't directly donate but can connect us to your HR team or speak about our work to your CSR Manager, we would be happy to come and host a khichdi drive at your premises.