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Help feed Migrant Workers, Daily Wagers and the Homeless in Chennai

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While all of us have been affected by the extraordinary COVID-19 crisis, some have lost everything
An estimated 2 million migrant workers and daily wage earners in Chennai have abruptly lost their ability to earn a livelihood due to the lockdown in India. As the lockdown extends into August, all their resources have been exhausted and they do not have any means to feed themselves and their families.

The “Feed Chennai” initiative
We started in early April, and are a coalition of NGOs and volunteers providing food and essential groceries to Migrant Workers, Daily Wage Earners and the Homeless.

The “Chennai Migrant Taskforce"
This initiative was started in mid-May, in response to the exodus of migrant workers from Tamil Nadu and the significant language barrier faced by this community. We have an expanding group of Hindi-speaking volunteers on the phone and on the ground focused on two objectives:
  1. Identifying, feeding and moving "stranded migrant workers" to government shelters
  2. Identifying and supporting "out of work migrant workers" with essential groceries

How we have helped
  • We have served over 1,00,000 hot and healthy meals, hygienically prepared in some of the best kitchens in Chennai
  • We have delivered over 4,200 essential grocery kits that have helped those with kitchen cook an additional 1,00,000+ meals
  • We have supported over 10,000 migrant workers

How you can help
For as little as Rs.2,500 (a typical restaurant bill in normal times), you can help feed 100 people with a meal!

We purchase groceries at factory prices so that every contribution you make goes directly to the people we serve rather than towards dealer / retail margins.

Let's make the best use of this wonderful opportunity for us to join hands to help fight hunger and transform lives!

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Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard - 30 June, 2020
Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard - 30 June, 2020
Food Kits being packed by the Food Team
Food Kits being packed by the Food Team
Food Kits being distributed at the Railway Station
Food Kits being distributed at the Railway Station
Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard (0 to 25 days) as on 15 June, 2020
Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard (0 to 25 days) as on 15 June, 2020
Times of India, 16 June - Report about the "Chennai Migrant Taskforce"
Times of India, 16 June - Report about the "Chennai Migrant Taskforce"
Mylapore Times, 13 June 2020
Mylapore Times, 13 June 2020
Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard (0 to 15 days)
Chennai Migrant Taskforce Dashboard (0 to 15 days)
Feed Chennai in the news (The Hindu, 22 Apr 2020)
Feed Chennai in the news (The Hindu, 22 Apr 2020)
Meals being transported to homeless shelters and relief camps
Meals being transported to homeless shelters and relief camps
Meals packed and ready to go
Meals packed and ready to go
Dinner being packed in one of our kitchens
Dinner being packed in one of our kitchens

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3rd August 2020
Important Milestone
We are very happy to share that today (Aug 3) we reached the milestone of 1,00,000 MEALS SERVED! 🙂

Our first meal was served on Apr 15, making today the 111th day of service (without a break), at an average of just over 900 meals per day, and a cost of Rs.22.21 Lakhs

A BIG thank you to each of you wonderful donors for giving us this opportunity, and to our amazing group of dedicated volunteers for making this happen!
Important Milestone
We are very happy to share that today (Aug 3) we reached the milestone of 1,00,000 MEALS SERVED! 🙂

Our first meal was served on Apr 15, making today the 111th day of service (without a break), at an average of just over 900 meals per day, and a cost of Rs.22.21 Lakhs

A BIG thank you to each of you wonderful donors for giving us this opportunity, and to our amazing group of dedicated volunteers for making this happen!
5th July 2020
UPDATE – June 30
 
I’m happy to bring you our updates for the month of June, which was a month of expansion and building new capabilities!
 
Chennai Migrant Taskforce (CMT)
The team has grown to 50 Hindi-speaking Volunteers with people added to all four teams – Ground, Phone, Data and Food.

During June, we focused on three key initiatives:
  • Rescue - Food and Shelter for Stranded Migrants
  • Repatriation - Support for migrants wanting to return home
  • Sustenance - Groceries (provisions) for migrants staying back (a NEW Initiative)
As on June 30, we have helped 7,098 migrant workers
  • Rescue - 2,361 workers
  • Repatriation - 2,592 workers
  • Sustenance - 2,024 workers
As part of our Sustenance initiative we distributed over 2,000 Grocery (Provision) Kits that contain essential items (except for farm produce) required for an individual for 2 weeks. These kits support 56,000 meals.

To help ensure that our Repatriation initiative was able to transport workers from their place of stay to the railway station despite lockdown restrictions, our team built a close relationship with the office of the
Commissioner of Police and by collaborating with his team, we were able to transport over 1,000 workers to the station!

Food Kits for Travelling Workers
When it was brought to our attention that not all migrant workers travelling by Shramik Trains were receiving food on trains, we worked with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to provide each passenger with a Food Kit containing the items below:
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Box of Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Chappathis (Flat Bread)
  • Pickle
We have so far provided 27,200 Food Kits
 
Drinking Water for Travelling Workers
As on Jun 30, we have provided 63,800 liters of drinking water

Food Relief
We have served 83,870 meals so far. With the lockdown extending to the end of July, we are beginning to see a lot more hunger among the homeless and daily wage earners and have ramped up our food delivery efforts.

Contributions
As on June 30, we have raised INR 52.60 Lakhs (USD 70,000)

Expenses
Our total expenses as on June 30 - INR 41.30 Lakhs (USD 55,000)
  • Meals - INR 18.23 Lakhs ($24,000)
  • Grocery Kits - INR 7.24 Lakhs ($9,600)
  • Food Kits - INR 11.50 Lakhs ($27,000)
  • Water - INR 4.37 Lakhs ($5,800)
 Funds available – INR 11.26 Lakhs ($15,000)

NEXT STEPS
In July, we plan to add a fourth initiative, Rehabilitation of Unemployed Workers by matching the available supply of workers with demand for skills from organizations.

In order to sustain our efforts we hope to raise INR 25 Lakhs ($33,000) during the month of July.

We thank you for your support so far and request you to continue to support us through our fund raising platforms below:
For contributions in INR - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-feed-chennai
For contributions in Other Currencies - https://www.gofundme.com/f/hpvt2-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help

Please also like and share our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/FeedChennai/

Dashboard as on 30 June


Food Kits being packed by our Food Team


Food Kits being distributed at the Railway Station
UPDATE – June 30
 
I’m happy to bring you our updates for the month of June, which was a month of expansion and building new capabilities!
 
Chennai Migrant Taskforce (CMT)
The team has grown to 50 Hindi-speaking Volunteers with people added to all four teams – Ground, Phone, Data and Food.

During June, we focused on three key initiatives:
  • Rescue - Food and Shelter for Stranded Migrants
  • Repatriation - Support for migrants wanting to return home
  • Sustenance - Groceries (provisions) for migrants staying back (a NEW Initiative)
As on June 30, we have helped 7,098 migrant workers
  • Rescue - 2,361 workers
  • Repatriation - 2,592 workers
  • Sustenance - 2,024 workers
As part of our Sustenance initiative we distributed over 2,000 Grocery (Provision) Kits that contain essential items (except for farm produce) required for an individual for 2 weeks. These kits support 56,000 meals.

To help ensure that our Repatriation initiative was able to transport workers from their place of stay to the railway station despite lockdown restrictions, our team built a close relationship with the office of the
Commissioner of Police and by collaborating with his team, we were able to transport over 1,000 workers to the station!

Food Kits for Travelling Workers
When it was brought to our attention that not all migrant workers travelling by Shramik Trains were receiving food on trains, we worked with the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to provide each passenger with a Food Kit containing the items below:
  • Loaf of Bread
  • Box of Jam
  • Biscuits
  • Chappathis (Flat Bread)
  • Pickle
We have so far provided 27,200 Food Kits
 
Drinking Water for Travelling Workers
As on Jun 30, we have provided 63,800 liters of drinking water

Food Relief
We have served 83,870 meals so far. With the lockdown extending to the end of July, we are beginning to see a lot more hunger among the homeless and daily wage earners and have ramped up our food delivery efforts.

Contributions
As on June 30, we have raised INR 52.60 Lakhs (USD 70,000)

Expenses
Our total expenses as on June 30 - INR 41.30 Lakhs (USD 55,000)
  • Meals - INR 18.23 Lakhs ($24,000)
  • Grocery Kits - INR 7.24 Lakhs ($9,600)
  • Food Kits - INR 11.50 Lakhs ($27,000)
  • Water - INR 4.37 Lakhs ($5,800)
 Funds available – INR 11.26 Lakhs ($15,000)

NEXT STEPS
In July, we plan to add a fourth initiative, Rehabilitation of Unemployed Workers by matching the available supply of workers with demand for skills from organizations.

In order to sustain our efforts we hope to raise INR 25 Lakhs ($33,000) during the month of July.

We thank you for your support so far and request you to continue to support us through our fund raising platforms below:
For contributions in INR - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-feed-chennai
For contributions in Other Currencies - https://www.gofundme.com/f/hpvt2-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help

Please also like and share our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/FeedChennai/

Dashboard as on 30 June


Food Kits being packed by our Food Team


Food Kits being distributed at the Railway Station
7th June 2020
Update – May 11 to 31

In this period, Feed Chennai has not only continued to scale food relief efforts, it has also expanded its focus to support Migrant Workers.

Chennai Migrant Taskforce
In mid-May, a large number of migrant workers started leaving Tamil Nadu for their homes in the far northern states, most of them on foot. Many who could not cross the border into AP were stranded without shelter, food or water. The same happened to workers who packed up their belongings and came to the railway station in the hope of boarding trains.

We also understood that the key challenge for these workers was language, as Hindi is not spoken in Tamil Nadu. This language barrier caused significant challenges for this community due to their inability to communicate with law enforcement and the local administration.

In response to these challenges, we started the Chennai Migrant Taskforce on 19 May, with a small group of Hindi-speaking volunteers on the phone and on the ground. We expanded this team to 35 volunteers with the help of the Armed Forces Veterans’ Association.

The team has been doing an amazing job identifying, feeding and helping stranded migrant workers move to government shelters. As on May 31, we have helped over 2,400 migrant workers

Government Coordination
I’m very happy to share that we have made significant progress in improving coordination with the Chennai City administration on two fronts
  • Food relief - Feed Chennai and four other NGOs have been empaneled by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) as partners in distributing Relief Kits to those in need
  • Shelter for Stranded Migrants - GCC has set-up a 24/7 Flying Squad with senior officials who are working seamlessly with the Chennai Migrant Taskforce in moving stranded migrants identified by our team, to GCC shelters
Food Relief (Apr 15 to May 31)
We have almost doubled the number of meals served from 38,700 on 10 May to 70,080 meals as on 31 May.
 
Contributions & Expenditure (Apr 15 to May 31)
We thank each one of you, who have helped double the amount of funds raised from INR 21.80 Lakhs / USD 28,700 on 10 May to INR 44.82 Lakhs (USD 59,400) on 31 May.

This has helped us double our efforts and expenses too from INR 13.31 Lakhs / USD 17,650 on 10 May to INR 24 Lakhs (USD 31,850) as on 31 May:
  • Meals (70,080) - Rs.14.56 Lakhs ($19,280)
  • Relief kits - Rs.3.89 Lakhs ($5,150)
  • Bread (7,300 loaves) - Rs.2.17 Lakhs ($2,900)
  • Water (49,400 liters) - Rs.3.35 Lakhs ($4,400)
Funds available as on 31 May – INR 20.77 Lakhs ($27,500)

NEXT STEPS
In June, we will shift our efforts from relief to rehabilitation, focusing on supporting Unemployed Migrant Workers with essential groceries and jobs that match their skills.

In order to support these efforts we need your help with raising an additional INR 30 Lakhs ($40,000) to meet these growing needs till the end of June.

Can I request you to share the links below with your contacts and also include a personal note requesting their support?
For contributions in INR - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-feed-chennai
For contributions in Other Currencies - https://www.gofundme.com/f/hpvt2-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help
Update – May 11 to 31

In this period, Feed Chennai has not only continued to scale food relief efforts, it has also expanded its focus to support Migrant Workers.

Chennai Migrant Taskforce
In mid-May, a large number of migrant workers started leaving Tamil Nadu for their homes in the far northern states, most of them on foot. Many who could not cross the border into AP were stranded without shelter, food or water. The same happened to workers who packed up their belongings and came to the railway station in the hope of boarding trains.

We also understood that the key challenge for these workers was language, as Hindi is not spoken in Tamil Nadu. This language barrier caused significant challenges for this community due to their inability to communicate with law enforcement and the local administration.

In response to these challenges, we started the Chennai Migrant Taskforce on 19 May, with a small group of Hindi-speaking volunteers on the phone and on the ground. We expanded this team to 35 volunteers with the help of the Armed Forces Veterans’ Association.

The team has been doing an amazing job identifying, feeding and helping stranded migrant workers move to government shelters. As on May 31, we have helped over 2,400 migrant workers

Government Coordination
I’m very happy to share that we have made significant progress in improving coordination with the Chennai City administration on two fronts
  • Food relief - Feed Chennai and four other NGOs have been empaneled by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) as partners in distributing Relief Kits to those in need
  • Shelter for Stranded Migrants - GCC has set-up a 24/7 Flying Squad with senior officials who are working seamlessly with the Chennai Migrant Taskforce in moving stranded migrants identified by our team, to GCC shelters
Food Relief (Apr 15 to May 31)
We have almost doubled the number of meals served from 38,700 on 10 May to 70,080 meals as on 31 May.
 
Contributions & Expenditure (Apr 15 to May 31)
We thank each one of you, who have helped double the amount of funds raised from INR 21.80 Lakhs / USD 28,700 on 10 May to INR 44.82 Lakhs (USD 59,400) on 31 May.

This has helped us double our efforts and expenses too from INR 13.31 Lakhs / USD 17,650 on 10 May to INR 24 Lakhs (USD 31,850) as on 31 May:
  • Meals (70,080) - Rs.14.56 Lakhs ($19,280)
  • Relief kits - Rs.3.89 Lakhs ($5,150)
  • Bread (7,300 loaves) - Rs.2.17 Lakhs ($2,900)
  • Water (49,400 liters) - Rs.3.35 Lakhs ($4,400)
Funds available as on 31 May – INR 20.77 Lakhs ($27,500)

NEXT STEPS
In June, we will shift our efforts from relief to rehabilitation, focusing on supporting Unemployed Migrant Workers with essential groceries and jobs that match their skills.

In order to support these efforts we need your help with raising an additional INR 30 Lakhs ($40,000) to meet these growing needs till the end of June.

Can I request you to share the links below with your contacts and also include a personal note requesting their support?
For contributions in INR - https://milaap.org/fundraisers/support-feed-chennai
For contributions in Other Currencies - https://www.gofundme.com/f/hpvt2-a-cause-i-care-about-needs-help
Rs.1,536,119 raised

Goal: Rs.10,000,000

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