There is an abundance of food delivery apps on the market today that have successfully reduced the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridging the long-standing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed an Indian city is today, the problem of hunger is a major problem everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.
But by keeping our faith in humanity intact, some groups and individuals are working tirelessly to ensure that each day the number of people who sleep hungry is drastically reduced. On this World Food Day, meet 5 NGOs working for this cause and support them as you can. A little help goes a long way!
Akshaya Patra Foundation
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organization spread across India that operates a school meals program (mid-day meals). Created in 2000, this organization aims to fight against hunger in the classroom and to help educate children. Apparently he feeds over 18 lakh children every day across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food to migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the site link below.
Contact: 097924 48359
Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Robin Hood Army
The Robin Hood Army is a voluntary organization created in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to obtain surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve the less fortunate. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create autonomous sections around the world, which will take care of its local community. Like all the other chapters, the Lucknow chapter of this voluntary organization runs various campaigns across town. If you would like to be part of this group, log on to their official website now!
Contact: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: Robin Hood Army
Roti Bank is a citizens’ organization whose main objective is to provide food to the needy. To achieve this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country, including a group in Lucknow dedicated solely to the cause. The Roti Bank collects leftovers and surplus food from homes and events and distributes them to the needy. One can donate in cash or in kind or even volunteer to be part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the site link to learn more about this organization.
Website: Bank Roti Lucknow
Vijay Sri Foundation
Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-governmental organization, which was launched in 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organization was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packages were distributed among attendants to poor patients admitted to various wards at King George Medical College in Lucknow. Gradually, the operations spread to other hospitals in the city. Currently, around 900 patients receive food every day, as part of its “Prasadam Sewa” campaign. To join their team or contribute financially, log on to their official website.
Contact: 099358 88887
Website: Prasadam Sewa
Founded in 2014, Feeding India was established to solve the complex issues of food waste, malnutrition and hunger in India. As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organization in 2019 to address these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to reduce hunger among underserved communities. If you would like to donate or find out more about this organization, check out their official website.
Contact: Write to them here
Website: Feed India
Even though these organizations are working hard to improve the situation, it is incumbent on all of us to be careful not to waste food and to do all we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and overcome the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is needed!