Mumbai: Around 80 students of various schools and colleges in Mumbai, Maharashtra, have raised ₹50.72 lakh through a crowdfunding campaign under the banner of the “Alpha Urbane Project” to support The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s COVID-19 food relief efforts in the state. These funds will enable the Foundation to feed more than 2 lakh meals to daily-wage earners, migrant labourers and rough sleepers in various locations across Maharashtra. The students raised this amount over 21 days on FuelaDream.com, an online crowdfunding website. They had an individual goal of approximately ₹56,000, that would fund 2800 meals, and a collective goal of ₹45.5 lakhs, which they surpassed.
With the nation under a complete lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, Akshaya Patra is aiding the Government’s relief efforts by providing food to vulnerable communities across the country. In the last 2 months, the F and its supporting organisations have cumulatively served over 56 million meals to vulnerable populations across the country. These include over 29 million freshly cooked meals and 639,039 food relief kits
Mr. Sundeep Talwar, CMO, Akshaya Patra, said, “We are grateful to the students for their support to our COVID-19 relief feeding efforts in Maharashtra through their crowdfunding campaign. They have done a remarkable job in raising funds for our endeavour and at the same time, helped spread the word. By coming forward to help those in need during these difficult times, these youngsters give us the hope and assurance that our future as a nation is in safe hands.”
Mr. Ranganath Thota, Founder, FuelaDream.com said, ““Students learn and grasp the concept of crowdfunding very quickly when taught. They are then able to unleash its power to make a dramatic impact. It’s wonderful to see students make such a big impact during COVID-19.”