Sunday, May 17

Sathya Sai Baba charity feeds millions of India's poorest during lockdown

To date, May 1, they have cooked and served 5,68,000 food packets through 86 community kitchens. This isn't counting the grocery supplies they've distributed to almost 100,000 families.  

And they're preparing to feed millions more as the all-India lockdown moves today into the fourth and hopefully last phase. 

Sathya Sai devotees reach out to the needy
May 1, 2020
The Hindu

The guiding principle of Sri Sathya Sai Baba was, "Service to man is service to God," and Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations (SSSSO) have been implementing the principle in letter and spirit by extending a helping hand to migrant laborers and needy people through 86 community kitchens across the country.

The kitchens serve 28,000 to 33,000 packets of cooked food every day across different Indian states. [The majority of the kitchen space is provided by Sai Baba devotees] 

The organisation is cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner in these community kitchens as per approved government norms and distributing meals through government nominated agencies. Under this initiative, it has already served 5,68,000 food packets to date.

SSSSO, whose motto is "Love all and serve all," also distributed ‘Amrit Kalash’ grocery packets to needy families across different states. These packets, which can last for 10 days for a family of four include 11 essential items like rice, wheat flour, pulses, salt and sugar. It has distributed [
11 lakh kgs] of cereals to over 86,000 families till date under the initiative.
SSSSO is planning to continue the two initiatives of community kitchens and provision of grains and cereals on a mass scale beyond the lockdown period, when restrictions are eased. It is enhancing the capacity of community kitchens to reach around 1,00,000 meals every day from the current 28,000 to 33,000 meals a day and reach out to around 4,000,000 needy families with a distribution of 50,00,000 kg cereals.

SSSSO All India president Nimish Pandya noted that the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic calls for united action to help the most deprived sections of society. The organization will continue the donated food service until the lockdown is completely lifted by the government.

In addition the Mahila Vibhag of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations has been making safety masks for distribution to frontline health and sanitation workers. It has already donated over two lakh [200,000] safety masks in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Punjab states to date.



1 comment:

Himanshu said...

good work by the sathya sai org. and also i saw in the newspaper the central trust donated 5 crore rupees which is 50 million rupees (as 1 crore = 10 million) to the andhra pradesh govt some time earlier :)