Communities Served: Construction workers, Migrant workers, Labour Camps, Pavement dwellers, Sex workers, Remote Tribal Villages, Transgenders, Folk stage artists, Warakaris, Hospital Patients, Ambulance workers, Orphanages, Homes for the Elderly, Shelters for the Homeless and for the Mentally Challenged.
Our experience of over twenty years in providing mid day meals
to children has been foundational in our response to acute
food shortages experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We continue to serve with tailored solutions to calls for help, be it from an individual or a group.
As of June 2021, we have served over 1,78,071 meals.
Read about our experiences here….
The Seva Story
Extended lockdowns during COVID-19 brought us to an awareness
of basic necessities for survival, primary among them being
food. As people gathered outside gated colonies looking for
work that could sustain them, SSM volunteers became privy to
stories of hunger and deprivation in families that had
previously survived by dint of their labour.
A community at the National Capital Region began mixing a type of wild grass with flour to reduce their appetite. Construction workers left at bay by contractors scrambled to feed their families and called the police helplines, ready to commit suicide rather than see their children starve.
Lower middle-income homes in Ahmedabad went from three meals a day to two and then to one, often going hungry and feeding only their children. For weeks, volunteers ventured into containment zones with dry ration packs in both Noida and Ahmedabad.
Across the country such stories abounded amidst pavement
dwellers, daily wagers, small vendors, construction labour and
many communities already subsisting on the margins. In
Chennai, volunteers started a community kitchen serving 4,500
meals a day, while they also supported other kitchens
supplying cooked food to the Municipality Corporation.
In Mumbai, volunteers reached out to sex workers who no official body would serve with dry rations, while in Hyderabad and Pune volunteers reached out to the transgender community and to folk stage artists. In Alandi, volunteers reached out to the Warakaris of the bhakti tradition. In Kotagiri, Coimbatore and Nashik and Thane, volunteers travelled far to take dry rations to remote tribal communities.
Anxious patients and their families waiting outside
Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital were served meals, while in Delhi,
outstation COVID patients with comorbidities like cancer and
chronic kidney disease and their accompanying families living
on pavements outside or free Dharamshalas adjoining top
government hospitals during the second wave’s severe lockdown
were provided dry rations to see them through two weeks of
In Ahmedabad, ambulance drivers waiting long hours with patients and attendants in never ending queues outside hospitals in the enervating heat of summer during the deadly second wave of the pandemic were served water and food.
Orphanages, Homes for the Elderly, Shelters for the Homeless and for the Mentally Challenged were also were also provided both cooked food and dry rations by volunteers from Kolkata, Mysuru, Chandigarh, Chidambaram, Varanasi, Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Delhi.
In the NCR, volunteers quickly put together a package of vermicelli, milk and sugar, enabling out of job pavement dwellers to light their kitchen fires in the morning with the traditional dish of Sewiyan on Eid.
From Srinagar in Kashmir, to tiny hutments where people lived separated by tin sheets in the middle of densely populated Kollam in Kerala, volunteers supplied dry rations aided and sometimes requested by local authorities.
As the lockdown extended, migrant workers commenced homewards
journeys worried about sustenance in cities, preferring to
fall ill in their own homes.
Some travelled in the scorching heat on foot while one differently-abled young man pedalled his way from Delhi to Jharkhand home in a hand rickshaw.
Others were requested by authorities to stop in labour camps till they could be adjusted in buses and trains plying to their hometowns. In bus and railway stations and in the labour camps, many such homeward bound migrants were served packed cooked meals or provided sustenance packs with articles of personal care as well that would last through the journey by volunteers in Bengaluru, Chennai and the National Capital Region.
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