Day after day, the number of people affected by COVID-19 is increasing rapidly all over the world. Millions of people are left stranded without homes and without a job in hand or proper food to eat. There are around 2.84 million cases in India and Maharashtra has the highest number of COVID cases. The latest numbers in Maharashtra as of 21 August 2020 according to the Government are:
Confirmed cases: 6,43,289
Number of deaths: 21,359
Number of recovered patients: 4,59,124
Maharashtra is the second-most populous state in India and was unprepared when the pandemic struck the nation. Being densely populated, the spread of the virus was very rapid and the lockdown that was mandated to curb this spread affected millions of people. Many NGOs in India that worked towards different causes, came forward with various Corona relief services, to help people in need.
One such NGO is The Akshaya Patra Foundation which is synonymous with feeding mid-day meals to school children in India. The Foundation is operational across 52 locations spread across 12 States and 2 Union Territories of India. It also has centralised mid-day meal kitchens in Thane and Nagpur; it’s from these kitchens that Akshaya Patra is carrying out its COVID-19 food relief service in Maharashtra.
Akshaya Patra’s relief service amid COVID-19 crisis
To help the marginalised and low-income segments of the society comprising of migrant labourers, daily-wage workers, construction-site workers and needy people survive the pandemic, Akshaya Patra started providing them with healthy, cooked meals and essential grocery kits. The Foundation is currently serving the needy across 19 states. As on 13th August 2020, Akshaya Patra has already served 2,84,92,715 cooked meals and distributed 7,69,668 grocery kits to marginalised families.
In Maharashtra, Akshaya Patra began its COVID relief service in March to provide food to people from migrant communities, regularly. This NGO has been helping the needy people across various locations in Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pune, Nashik and Aurangabad. As on 13th August 2020, the organisation’s impact in Maharashtra has been:
· Served 6,12,385 cooked meals, and
· Supported 57,502 families with essential grocery kits.
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