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Flood relief initiative – We’re serving meals in Chennai!

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Read regular updates on our flood relief measures in Chennai. Scroll down to begin!

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Today our kitchen set-up at Arambakkam served 6,000 packets of Puliyogare for lunch and dinner each. Our kitchen at Thiruvanmiyur  also served 6,000 meals at Kilpauk, Saidapet, Vyasarpadi, Vadapalani, Kalipatti, Porur and Paiyanoor.IMG_8286IMG_8426IMG_8324

13 Dec 2015:

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Today our feeding initiative at Arambakkam served 6,000 packets of Puliyogare for lunch and dinner, while our kitchen at Thiruvanmiyur served 10,000 meals too. The Thiruvanmiyur  kitchen served meals at Triplicane, Manali, Padur, Anna Nagar, Old Perungalathur, Vyasarpadi, Pammal and Porur.IMG_8484IMG_8480IMG_8493

12 Dec 2015:

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We have started a second feeding initiative in Arambakkam, with support from Sri Siddhanta Foundation, SocialPedia and D G Vaishnav College. Today we served 5,000 packets of Puliyogare (500 gm) for both lunch and dinner. Our other kitchen at Thiruvanmiyur, which started cooking at midnight served 9,000 meals today, and 10,000 meals yesterday.

10 Dec 2015:

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IMG-20151210-WA00072,600 packets of food was served yesterday at our kitchen in Thiruvanmiyur. Today there are 100 volunteers and we expect to serve between 7000-8000 packets. The cooking started at 7.30 am and is underway.

There are plans underway to open a second kitchen to provide food. Purchasing of supplies for the second branch of cooking has already begun.

09 Dec 2015:

Sweet BunOn 04, 05 and 08 December, trucks left for Cuddalore. These trucks were carrying dry food like fruit bread, chikki, chapatti packets, peanuts, candy etc. So far the Cuddalore efforts have distributed 35,000 packets of food. Today the aim is to distribute 10,000 ready to eat packets of food, and the same was distributed yesterday.IMG_8112
On 08 December, trucks left from HK Hill kitchen to our kitchen in Thiruvanmiyur at Chennai. The materials reached at 10.30 am the next day. By 11.45 am the team had already cooked dal for 2,000 people.
There are currently 25 volunteers and 4 Akshaya Patra employees at the site, more are expected tomorrow.

05 Dec 2015:

In the face of the floods that have rocked the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, citizens of the state and the rest of India have banded together in a show of unity that is inspiring. Relief material and volunteers have been pouring into the city to provide aid to those in need.

We, at the Akshaya Patra Foundation, too are eager to do our part in supporting Chennai, and alleviating the distress in the region. To this effect, our team has been serving freshly cooked meals every day with the aim of increasing the reach to 10,000 meals a day. The team will continue serving even beyond that based on the need of the hour.

The cooking procedure is being carried out through the efforts of a team of 10-30 people, working as required for the successful implementation of this initiative. The team has been equipped with utensils and cooking equipment from the Bengaluru unit, with raw materials, packing material, housekeeping and fuel supplies being sent regularly to Chennai till arrangements can be made to procure it from within the city.

To increase the reach of the meals in the city, our Karnataka unit is sending five Akshaya Patra vehicles carrying vessels in the coming week to Chennai. On assessment of the relief needs, supplies will be replenished, additional man power will be mobilised and equipment transported.

We are happy to be able to provide support to Chennai during these difficult times, and assist in reducing the difficulties facing the citizens of the city. We express our heartfelt solidarity to everyone in Chennai affected by this calamity.

If you would like to support our efforts in Chennai, make a contribution. You can avail tax exemption under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act on all donations.

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