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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.


Account number: 8080811010432
Account name: Venkatraman Iyer 
IFSC code: YESB0CMSNOC 
Times of India covers the food drive
Times of India covers the food drive
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26th July 2019
Dear Supporters,

Thank You so much for all the support! We are humbled.

Here's an update on how things are heading.

Currently, I have rented a vehicle for which I have to pay 12000 per month and the driver 8000 per month. I also have with me 10 volunteers who are paid 4000 each per month. We also have 3 godowns for which we have to pay 5500 each. And apart from these, we have recurring expenses of 5000 and 10,000 due to fuel charges and new vessels. We also, have to pay the cleaning lady a sum of 5500 per month.

Because the work we do involves continuous expenditure, we are further increasing the target amount by 5 lakh rupees. Please continue supporting us so we are able to raise the funds and continue our services.

 Will keep you posted with bills and invoices in the following updates.

Thank You once again.
Dear Supporters,

Thank You so much for all the support! We are humbled.

Here's an update on how things are heading.

Currently, I have rented a vehicle for which I have to pay 12000 per month and the driver 8000 per month. I also have with me 10 volunteers who are paid 4000 each per month. We also have 3 godowns for which we have to pay 5500 each. And apart from these, we have recurring expenses of 5000 and 10,000 due to fuel charges and new vessels. We also, have to pay the cleaning lady a sum of 5500 per month.

Because the work we do involves continuous expenditure, we are further increasing the target amount by 5 lakh rupees. Please continue supporting us so we are able to raise the funds and continue our services.

 Will keep you posted with bills and invoices in the following updates.

Thank You once again.
15th July 2019
Dear Supporters,

We are currently serving food to over 1500 footpath people every day. We have also started collecting food from events such as weddings, temple inaugurations, etc, to help food reach many more needy people 

Once again, thank you all.

Regards,
Venkatraman Iyer
Dear Supporters,

We are currently serving food to over 1500 footpath people every day. We have also started collecting food from events such as weddings, temple inaugurations, etc, to help food reach many more needy people 

Once again, thank you all.

Regards,
Venkatraman Iyer
2nd January 2019
Dear Supporters,

I am immensely grateful for all the love and support!

We have increased serving food to footpath people from 1000 to 1500. Also, we have started to collect food from a company called Target in Manayata Tech Park and distributing it to a new slum area DJ halli behind Frazer Town.

Once again, thanking you all. Please continue to share and support the campaign.

Regards,
Venkatraman Iyer
Dear Supporters,

I am immensely grateful for all the love and support!

We have increased serving food to footpath people from 1000 to 1500. Also, we have started to collect food from a company called Target in Manayata Tech Park and distributing it to a new slum area DJ halli behind Frazer Town.

Once again, thanking you all. Please continue to share and support the campaign.

Regards,
Venkatraman Iyer
Rs.1,890,345 raised

Goal: Rs.2,600,000

Beneficiary: Venkatraman Iyer info_outline

Supporters (921)

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Rudran donated Rs.700
Praveen
Praveen donated Rs.5,000
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khushali donated Rs.1,000
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Poushali donated Rs.250
SA
SHOAIB AHMED donated Rs.500
MA
Mr A G BENEDICT donated Rs.200