Million Meals Challenge

Summers in northern India are hot and individuals that need to work for 10-12 hours in the heat have little time to rest or get away from the heat. In lieu of this my family distributes free meals outside a temple in my hometown, Ludhiana. Last year, we made the decision to try and increase out impact on the community and distributed over 2200 meals and 3000 servings of cold beverages. This was only possible because of the incredible support of some incredibly generous individuals and volunteers within the community that dedicated their time to help us.

This year, we are aiming to continue to grow this to over 5000 meals in the community. Our ultimate goal is continue providing these meals annually and try and aid the community gradually in this way.

The community at Semester at Sea and the Institute of Shipboard Education have been incredible so far but more donations would be enthusiastically appreciated -- the more the donations, the greater the impact.

Contact me at or on my facebook: Samay Bansal if you have any questions/comments.

Here are some details:
1. The food distribution will occur in Ludhiana, Punjab, India
2. I will use the money to buy raw ingredients/hire a stall/stand/pots/pans and supply the mattresses and establish the two education funds that I will be putting in place for the two children in the community.

Thank you!
Letter from School of Visually Handicapped after receiving matresses
Letter from School of Visually Handicapped after receiving matresses
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28th December 2017
Dear Supporters,

Thank you again very very much.

We have now completed the first round of donations and we couldn't be happier. We have provided over 25,000 meals and your support has been truly incredible.

I am now withdrawing the funds to my account. The money was used on rice, flour, and vegetables for our chabbeel. Rice is also being donated monthly to the local organizations that we are supporting.


26th July 2017
Dear Supporters,

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your generous donation and support in the Food for All initiative -- this started as a small idea in 2016 and in just one year it grew much bigger than I could have ever hoped. This year, we raised over US$5000 in 4 months and have had the opportunity to do some pretty cool things!

In the summer of 2017, we distributed close to 12,000 meals! This was been done through 3 channels: our annual free food stall (chabbeel), providing 500kg of rice and 200kg of atta (wheat flour) to an organisation called Saadi Rasoi (an initiative that provides meals for 10 Rs. to labourers), and donations of 200kgs of foodstuffs to Ludhiana's Leprosy Colony.

Our chabbeel served kulcha (pita) with aloo chole (potato and chickpea curry) with several cold drink options: mango milk, strawberry milk, khus milk, and jaljeera. We are grateful to the community for their continued support and served approximately 5000 meals and 1500Litres of drink over a 6 1/2 hour period.

Food for All has committed to a 1 year partnership with Saadi Rasoi; an initiative of the Ann-Jal Sewa Trust to provide them 100kg of rice (850 meals worth) monthly alongside the lumpsome 700kg foodstuffs donation made in July this year. It is our hope that with your support we can continue our work with them as they grow and aid their project further.

This year, Food for All will also send US$1500 to the LaValla school for the severely physically handicapped in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I have been involved with the cause for the past 8 years and volunteered in the school for a month last year. Our donation will be used exclusively for food and cover the cost of 3,300 meals (out of their annual 102,000 meals). These meals are extremely substantial and are provided to the students thrice daily.

Again, I want to express my gratitude and hope that you continue to support me as this grows.

I also wanted to share an article that was written about the project:

Thank you for all the support.
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Supporters (26)

Sanjay donated Rs.5,000
about 1 year ago
Mikaela donated US $20
about 1 year ago
Sudhir donated Rs.2,500
about 1 year ago
Jenna donated US $10
about 1 year ago
Anonymous donated US $5
about 1 year ago
Michelle donated US $10
about 1 year ago

Love and miss you Sam. Keep up the good work and stay crushing it <3