Over 2,000 underprivileged citizens in London are getting free meals every day, thanks to the Indian charity organisation, the Akshaya Patra Foundation, reported the Times of India (TOI).
After funding the mid-day meals for school children in India for over two years, the foundation opened its first kitchen in London and serves vegetarian meals to students and homeless, free of cost. The foundation also plans to extend its services to hospital patients in the city. The initiative is in association with United Kingdom (UK) based charity foundation ‘Food For All’.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bhawani Singh Shekhawat told TOI that the foundation is doing what the state authorities are supposed to do.
Bhawani Singh Shekhawat, CEO, Akshaya Patra Foundation, told TOIThere are families of six living on a food budget of £80 a month who cannot afford to feed their children. Many working parents send their children to these holiday clubs with a bag of crisps. The last meal they had was at 6pm the night before. It is the responsibility of the state but there is a lack of funding.
With the kitchen set-up in a basement of a building in Holborn, the feeding points are set-up in different feeding points in the city – Kentish Town, Kings Cross and SOAS University.
Shekhawat said that after the success of the programme in London, organisations in Spain and Italy are also approaching him to help initiate similar programmes.