Akshaya Patra Extends Food Relief in Flood-Affected Areas of Uttarakhand
New Delhi: The Akshaya Patra Foundation endeavoured to extend emergency food relief to people in the flood-affected areas of Uttarakhand in the aftermath of heavy rains last month. Starting from 19th October, the Foundation served over 45,000 freshly cooked meals to those in need over a period of two weeks.
Akshaya Patra’s centralised kitchen at Gadarpur in Uttarakhand served as the focal point for its relief efforts. A team comprising Akshaya Patra’s staff and local volunteers were mobilised to distribute safe and hygienic food to people in the flood-affected areas. The food was prepared at the centralised kitchen and transported to the affected areas through Akshaya Patra delivery vehicles. The items served for lunch and dinner comprised rice, aloo-rajma, veg dal, mix dal, aloo-chole and plain kadi.
Shri. Bharatarshabha Dasa, Regional President, Uttarakhand – The Akshaya Patra Foundation, said “At Akshaya Patra, it is our firm belief that food assistance plays a crucial role in relief efforts during natural disasters. In Uttarakhand, heavy rains and flooding disrupted supply chains, thus leaving scores of people without access to food. In this situation, we tried our best to provide freshly cooked meals to the people through our kitchen.” He further added, “I want to thank the volunteers for coming forward to support our relief feeding efforts in this critical situation. Their support enabled us to help several people in these difficult times.”
Akshaya Patra has time and again endeavoured to provide immediate food relief to the affected people during natural disasters, leveraging its network of kitchens and resources to support the administration’s humanitarian efforts. Over the years, it has actively undertaken relief feeding in different parts of the country, including Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, providing people the much-needed comfort in times of adversity.