After arrange essential items, the team members start preparing food. Food processed in the campus of Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. After preparing food with different menus, it is distributed to the families of patients in the prominent hospitals, slums and vulnerable families in the city. As we are reaching to about 2000 people and serving them with prepared food but efforts ongoing to reach about 3500 people as the situation is going critical everyday.This initiative is started during the lockdown due to global epidemic Corona Virus (COVID-19) from 25 March 2020. Along with food, tea, biscuits and water are also distributed to Police and other service staffs.
This initiative is totally run by public support and donation. Every day volunteers are collecting donations by appealing. Sometimes, it’s difficult to understand how the next day's food will be arranged. In this situation, such a big pandemic cannot be conquered without the cooperation and support of the society at mass level.
This work is being conducted due to the determination of 30-year-old youth Azad Pandey and team. Azad Pandey has been working for the helpless, mentally ill and poor children, drug-addicted children for the last 15 years in the name of SMILE ROTI BANK. Presently, he is serving mental patients in the name of SMILE HOME in the leprosy ashram complex, Gorakhpur.
He has the permission of the Gorakhpur District Administration to serve people in front of the hospitals and slums even during lockdown. He needs funds to continue his work. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Research Foundation supports this initiative in fund raising, volunteering, awareness and managements. Kalam Foundation is also taking initiatives to aware the rural communities through Panchayats and local youth to create awareness and preventive measures on COVID 19.