On the 14th of November 2004, on the occasion of the children’s Day celebration in India, the ‘Manna Meals on wheels project was launched in two major cities of Goa, namely, Mapusa and Vasco; Today it has spread to Calangute, Panaji and Margao. Every day, meals are prepared, packed, transported and distributed to the hungry children, needy (old & sick) people who work in the market place selling polythene bags, rummaging through garbage bins for reusable articles, begging for alms, working as loaders or cleaning fish. Very often some of the children on street, who work all day long for a paltry sum of money, go to bed hungry as the money is taken away by their parents who spend it on alcohol or gamble it away. They come to the spot where the food packets are distributed and so are away from the evil which they otherwise are forced to witness. With the slogan of let no child go hungry we ensure that the children get at least one hot balanced meal a day. Though our focus is feeding children, we also feed old and needy people. Every noon in the three cities poor people awaits eagerly the staff who distributed these lunch packets on a daily basis. 300 lunch packets are distributed daily in three locations in Calangute, Panaji and Margao.
The nutritious meals on wheels food packs consist of kabuli channa curry, veg bhaji, Egg curry, Chicken Curry, Green peas curry, papad, dal, veg bhaji, Egg curry, pickles, and rice.
A Manna meal pack preparation and distributional cost us Rs. 35/- per pack.