Kottayam to be India’s first hunger-free district thanks to volunteer groups
In the Kottayam district of Kerala, volunteer organisations feed close to 8,000 people daily.
Kottayam district in Kerala will soon become India’s first hunger-free district as various volunteer organisations feed close to 8,000 people a day.
There are 20 voluntary groups feeding patients of Medical College Hospital and other government hospitals.
Navjeevan Trust, a voluntary trust feeds around 5,000 patients of Medical College Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Kottayam General Hospital, Government Ayurveda Hospital, and Homeopathy Hospital.
Apart from voluntary groups, there are several other organisations feeding the homeless. For instance, the local Red Cross provides free food in the form of mid-day meals from 1-2 pm. Around 100 people are fed for free at Pakalveedu (day care home) in Vayasukarakunnu, reports Manorama online.
Along with the ongoing voluntary work, a hunger-free initiative has been launched in Pala, 20 km from Kottayam.
The locals have also shown support by starting a Facebook group through which they can offer food to 15 hungry and homeless people for three days in Changanacherry town. They can also deposit food in a food box for the homeless and the hungry, reports The Better India.
The ration shops in the town regularly deliver foodgrain mandated by the government to the Adivasi community. Two hundred and forty-one dwellers in Kottayam are offered food daily.
There is also the Anjappam Bhakshanashala, an eatery located in Kottayam and Changanassery towns, where a person can first eat and then pay what he can afford to. The Social Active Friends (SAF). a local not-for-profit group, also feeds the poor for free.
Kottayam stands as a shining example of how systemic social issues can be tackled when people come together.