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Help Venkatraman Bring IT Meals To Slums In Bangalore

Getting food to a hungry stomach – instead of the dustbin

Bound by the million dollar mansions of Koramangala on one side, and the upscale city center on the other, is Bangalore’s largest slum. This runs through the neighborhoods of Rajendra Nagar, LR Nagar, Neelsandra, Vivek Nagar and then on to Adugodi.  Over one lakh people co-exist with animals, disease, and much misery, trying to plough through the day. 

Of all the challenges, the most urgent is hunger. Lacs of grown-ups and children go to bed hungry. But a different story unfolds within a few kilometers of this scene. The many corporate houses where the upwardly mobile of our city work have food in their cafeterias that their neighbours in the slums can only dream of

Venkatraman Iyer, a 60 year old Bangalore resident is trying to bridge this supply and demand. For the past 3 year or so, he has been collecting this leftover food after lunch from corporate houses and distributing it the same day in the slums.

                        

" We’ve arranged a TATA ace with driver, vessels and containers, and a small shop which functions as distribution hub. The vehicle arrives bringing the excess food from lunches provided by three software companies to their employees."

       

With just 2 corporates on board, we are able to feed 500 people each day. In other words, we distribute close to 10,000 meals a month at a cost of Rs. 40,000. A whopping 4 rupees per meal. Let’s say that again. 4 rupees - That’s all it takes to make sure that a child does not go hungry "
 
         

Venkatraman and the NGO he started Swabhimaan has been working to empower the largest slum in Bangalore since 2000. He tests and extend scholarships to over a 100 children each year, runs two community clinics where consultation and medicine comes at an all-inclusive price of Rs. 10, distribute free groceries each month and extends zero interest microfinance loans to women entrepreneurs.

From health and education to employment and food, he supports almost every need of the slum dwellers. He has become one among them – he knows their families, their needs and is a spokesperson for them. If you take a walk in this slum, some person or the other on every street will have a story to tell about how Venkatraman helped him or her.

         

" It has reached a point, where I believe that this is my extended family. Their pains and miseries are mine. I now cannot think of living away from the community "

Among all the other activities I do, this is closest to my heart as I am making people go to bed without being hungry. The daily food drive meets such an urgent need, we frequently find ourselves pulling cash and resources from other programs to keep it running. Although the food is free, there is a monthly cost of 50-60 thousand to pay the volunteers who help serve the food, the washing and storing of the vessels, the diesel for the vehicle and the maintenance of the vehicle itself

We are hoping this drive on Milaap can help us secure the program and expand it.


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28th January 2021
Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support

This has been possible only with all your support. We are very grateful for your generous contribution and this overwhelming response.

Thank you all.

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Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your support

This has been possible only with all your support. We are very grateful for your generous contribution and this overwhelming response.

Thank you all.

Regards,
Milaap
1st December 2020
Dear friends -

Since the first lockdown the surplus food that we used to collect from three large corporate company canteens completely stopped, this meant that about 1500 people depending on this surplus food daily were going to go hungry, these are families who even in good times struggle for a square meal, we could not afford to let them starve, so we started our own kitchens to cook and serve these and many more destitute across the city, this activity continues till date

The daily wager community that is Rajendranagara has about 15000 homes, a good number of these homes had lost their jobs since the first lockdown since techparks, supermarkets and malls are closed most housekeeping jobs and security jobs have been lost, this means that children are not getting enough nourishment,  families are unable to pay their rents in time etc. this there is serious distress in the community and we took the challenge up and reached grocery kits to thousands of families and continue to do so

We do not know when the companies will start to run full time, and have surplus food for us to collect. Your contributions are all we have to make sure no one goes hungry during these post lockdown period.

We are sharing some pictures of the food and cloth drives we have conducted and continue to do. Thanks to all your support. We need it for many more months to come.

Many thanks as always,
Venkataraman Iyer
Dear friends -

Since the first lockdown the surplus food that we used to collect from three large corporate company canteens completely stopped, this meant that about 1500 people depending on this surplus food daily were going to go hungry, these are families who even in good times struggle for a square meal, we could not afford to let them starve, so we started our own kitchens to cook and serve these and many more destitute across the city, this activity continues till date

The daily wager community that is Rajendranagara has about 15000 homes, a good number of these homes had lost their jobs since the first lockdown since techparks, supermarkets and malls are closed most housekeeping jobs and security jobs have been lost, this means that children are not getting enough nourishment,  families are unable to pay their rents in time etc. this there is serious distress in the community and we took the challenge up and reached grocery kits to thousands of families and continue to do so

We do not know when the companies will start to run full time, and have surplus food for us to collect. Your contributions are all we have to make sure no one goes hungry during these post lockdown period.

We are sharing some pictures of the food and cloth drives we have conducted and continue to do. Thanks to all your support. We need it for many more months to come.

Many thanks as always,
Venkataraman Iyer
21st November 2020
Dear All -

The daily wager community that is Rajendranagara has about 15000 homes, a good number of these homes had lost their jobs since the first lockdown. Since techparks, supermarkets and malls are closed, most housekeeping and security jobs have been lost. This means that children are not getting enough nourishment,  families are unable to pay their rent in time etc. This led to serious distress in the community and we took the challenge up and reached grocery kits to thousands of families and continue to do so

We are sharing some pictures of the food and cloth drives we have conducted and continue to do. Thanks to all your support. We need it for many more months to come.

Sincerely,
Venkataraman Iyer
Dear All -

The daily wager community that is Rajendranagara has about 15000 homes, a good number of these homes had lost their jobs since the first lockdown. Since techparks, supermarkets and malls are closed, most housekeeping and security jobs have been lost. This means that children are not getting enough nourishment,  families are unable to pay their rent in time etc. This led to serious distress in the community and we took the challenge up and reached grocery kits to thousands of families and continue to do so

We are sharing some pictures of the food and cloth drives we have conducted and continue to do. Thanks to all your support. We need it for many more months to come.

Sincerely,
Venkataraman Iyer
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