Around the globe ‘World Hunger Day’ is marked on May 28 and the stark reality is that for one-fourth of Indians, from the poor, underprivileged, elderly and homeless sections of society, every day is a hunger day with no means for adequate food or nutrition. Hunger leads to malnutrition which in turn leaves people susceptible to diseases. The situation is particularly poignant in respect of children considering the fact that half of all kids younger than three years old in India weigh too little for their age.
While eradication of poverty remains the long-term goal, in the interim the short-term goal would be to harness the resources of well-to-do Indians and feed the multitudes so that no adult or child goes to bed hungry. The corporate sector, as a part of their CSR initiatives, is doing its bit but much more needs to be done by them as well as by NGOs and individuals.
In order to serve as an inspiration, we present below in 'Whom Can You Contact' section work being done in various parts of India by organizations and good-hearted individuals to feed the poor, needy, the underprivileged, the elderly and the homeless.
Go ahead with donation of food…
Many of us are pricked by the contrast between our own easy spending and the widespread deprivation around us, but have no idea how to help. You can move from quiet guilt to effective action by helping to combat hunger among deserving people.
Either on your own or by forming a team of like-minded people you can arrange to cook simple meals and distribute them to the deneedy in your city. You can replicate similar work being done as described in 'Whom Can You Contact?' section below. For guidance, you can even talk to the do-gooders whose phone numbers are listed.
If a group is already active in your city, you can spare some time for the cause and join them as a volunteer. If that is not possible you can consider donating them needed foodstuffs. Last but not the least, every person likes a pat on his back and you should applaud the Good Samaritans for their selfless work.
12 States in India
Mid-Day Meal Scheme for School Children by The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Serve wholesome freshly-cooked mid-day meal to over 16 lakh school children. Cooking is done in 34 centralised kitchens across 12 States. Each food kitchen serves a set of schools located around it.
#72, 3rd Floor, 3rd Main Road, 1st & 2nd Stage, Yeshwantpur Industrial Suburb, Rajajinagar Ward No. 10, Bengaluru 560022
1800-425-8622, 080-3014 3400
7 States in India
'Annamrita' Midday Meal Programme of the Government of India and ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF)
This programme involves providing 1.2 million nutritious, wholesome, hygienic meals for schoolchildren in 7 states viz. Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and West Bengal. The meals are prepared in 20 hi-tech kitchens across India.
19 Jaywant Industrial Estate, 63 Tardeo Road, Tardeo, Mumbai 400034
Ahmedabad Bangalore Chennai Delhi-NCR Hyderabad Jaipur Kolkata Mumbai
India Food Banking Network (IFBN)
individuals and companies can donate grains and packaged food (biscuits, snacks). These are distributed through a network of community based organizations or NGOs that run feeding programs at schools for underprivileged children, homeless shelters, old age homes, orphanages, charitable hospitals etc.
Bangalore: 95380 35252, Delhi: sms to 58888, Kokata: 93310 17111
Ahmedabad Bangalore Chennai Delhi-NCR Hyderabad Mumbai Nagpur
In the above cities, Seva Kitchen has identified hospital and other locations where food donation is wanted by needy people. You can cook food on your own or with others and serve the cooked food at these locations. Alternately, you can hand over fruits, vegetables, grains etc to their volunteers who will then distribute the same among the needy.
'Janakeeya Bhakshanasala' (The People’s Restaurant)
This restaurant offers meals 3 times a day and customers will not be charged. Those who can afford to pay can drop whatever amount they want in the donation box kept at the counter. Those who cannot afford to pay anything can enjoy the meals free of cost.
Pathirapally, Alappuzha District, Kerala.
Roti Bank by Haroon Mukati Islamic Centre (HMIC)
Anyone who wishes to join Roti Bank is allotted a code number. Each member is requested to 'deposit' at the Roti Bank freshly cooked two rotis and a plate of veg or non-veg food that they prepare for family at home daily. The poor, aged, sick or the unemployed people can come to the Roti Bank and 'withdraw' rotis and a veg or a non-veg dish. In this manner over 500 needy people receive their daily meal.
Jinsi Baijipura Road, Aurangabad 431001
Bangalore Chennai Delhi Hyderabad Kolkata Mumbai Pune
No Hungry Child
Started in a small way in Bangalore in 2000 and now is being carried forward in other cities by NGOs. Today hot, nutritious and fresh meals are served daily to 20,000 poor, needy & hungry children across pockets of poverty in these cities.
766, 47th Cross, 8th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore 560082
080-4096 6191, 85530 15850
Bangalore Chennai Delhi Hyderabad Mumbai
Stop Hunger Now
You or your company or your community can host a Meal Packaging event. At these events, dehydrated, high protein, and highly-nutritious meals are packaged. Alternatively you can volunteer to help out at another planned event. The packaged meals are given to school feeding programs, orphanages, nurseries and medical clinics.
302, 3rd Cross, 9th Main Road, HRBR Layout, Kalyan Nagar 1st Block, Bengaluru 560043
080-2542 6948; 91084 03329; 97405 26558
Bangalore Chennai Delhi-NCR Pune
Let's Spread Love
Registered individual donors freshly prepare vegetarian food, which then is collected and distributed by volunteers. Distribution is in slum areas of Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi and Gurgaon.
Bangalore: 96551 35151, Chennai: 98848 32784, Delhi: 99996 77331 Pune: 97186 43555
Food Bank - Chennai
Wish to feed the poor and homeless of Chennai with a simple, home-cooked food? You can do that once a week or as often as you can. Cook a simple meal, pack it neatly and hand it over to the Food Bank's locality champion in your area. There are 14 locality groups on Chennai and you may join the one located nearest to you.
Anandh SG 98414 39446, Ajay Kumar 97860 11166 / 90036 61122, Shabarish 99445 52929
Chennai Food Bank by RYA Madras Metro Trust
Their 'Mutti Bhar Anaj Yojana' involves depositing a handful of rice daily in a separate container. Once the container is full it will be collected by the RYA. People can donate a bag of rice by joining the ‘Anna Dan Yojana'. They serve about 80 institutions in Chennai consisting of orphanages, old age homes and education institutions.
12 Saravana Street, T. Nagar. Chennai 600017.
044-2431 2096, 4212 8153.
HoPE on Wheels
Hot, nutritious meal in the form of Egg Biryani is delivered once a week to slums of Chennai as well as to homeless on streets.
AWB Food Bank
They collect good quality surplus food from five star hotels and caterers in New Delhi and feed nutritious meals to the hungry, malnourished and physically challenged children at various schools and shelter homes in New Delhi. Food is also provided to poor throat-cancer patients who come to Delhi for voice training.
12/5 Sarvapriya Vihar, New Delhi 110016
Delhi NCR Foodbank (Delhi Foodbanking Network)
You can donate to them all non-perishable dry food and non food products. With the support of companies and individuals, Delhi NCR Foodbank serves nutritional meals across 30 feeding centers to vulnerable segments of society. They also seek volunteers to help them deliver food to their feeding centres.
Plot No 2118, Near Rapid Metro Station, DLF Phase III, Gurgaon 122002
D82/A, Nangal Devat Village, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070
011-6599 2692, 98100 07524
Serve free wholesome food to twice a week to underprivileged patients and their families outside AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals. They also feed children who come from a far-off places to Delhi hospitals for often longer treatments.
113A/1, Adchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110017
011-2656 1333 / 1444
Erode (Tamil Nadu)
V.Venkatraman's AMV Homely Mess
Lunch is served here for poor and needy for a token payment of one rupee. In fact, Mr Venkatraman visits the nearby Government Hospital every day to locate the poor and needy who are then handed over a one-rupee token.
Near Government Hospital, Erode, Tamil Nadu
'Roti Ghar' by Mahaveer Youth Federation
This canteen has been serving lunch each day for over 200 needy persons at a nominal amount of Rupee 1 from the past 6 years.The food comprises of two chapatis, rice, vegetable curry. Sweets are served once a week.
Kanchgar Galli, Hubballi, Karnataka
Mukesh Hinger: 94483 63431
Rice, dal and kadhi are served during the afternoon, except during Ramzan when the food is served at Iftar time. Food is served at noon at 2 locations: (a) Under Dabeerpura flyover, Chanchalguda (b) Gandhi Hospital, Secunderabad.
Humanity First Foundation
Free breakfast (upma and the like) is distributed to 700 to 1,000 people every day outside Koti Maternity Hospital and Nilofer Children’s Hospital, both in Hyderabad. This is a great help for poor people from villages who come to these Govt hospitals for treatment.
Their innovative programme 'Fist of Rice' involves their team members going from house-to-house in the neighbourhoods of Hyderabad and asking for a fist of rice from each home. Actually they receive much more rice than a fistful and this rice is cooked and served to feed the hungry poor and needy people on streets and slums.
Plot No 14, House No 3-48-123, Jupiter Colony, Near Vasavi Nagar Community Hall, Karkhana, Secunderabad 500015.
95503 35994, 040-2774 0994
Youngistaan Foundation's 'The Feeding Project'
Every Sunday, volunteers come together to cook food for close to 800 people. The food packets are delivered in the streets of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.
Manaspoorthi Voluntary organization
Every day they provide dinner for 40-50 downtrodden people near town flyover at Kakinada.
#3-10/3, Ramakrishna Nagar, Vakalapudi, Kakinada
MCKS Food for the Hungry Foundation
They aim to find self-sustaining solutions for the acute problems of hunger and poverty. Are operating feeding camps for hungry and homeless people in the underprivileged areas of Karnataka such as Mandya, Dasanapura and Hesarghatta.
033-2461 5466 / 5628, 98300 76595, 98310 15927
Community Kitchen run by Samarpan Foundation
This food kitchen provides a warm, nutritious lunch for 120 migrant deprived children daily. In addition, living essentials such as blankets and mosquito nets are distributed.
Char Basti, Beside the Railway Line, Near Park Circus Railway Crossing, Rifle Range Road, Ballygunge Park, Ballygunge, Kolkata
They provide nutritious midday meals to 30 destitute elderly from slums in Budhavarapeta, Kurnool every day. Most are homeless or live in huts but do have means to cook. A donation of only Rs. 1750 will provide nutritious and hot meal to 30 Elders. You may choose to sponsor mid-day meals for one month or donate any amount you desire. You can also donate clothes, blankets, toiletries, sweaters, rice, dal, vegetables etc.
D.No.46-740, Budhavarapeta, Kurnool 518002, AP
098499 77577, 08518-255 626
Mahoba (Bundelkhand - U.P.)
Rotis and curry are donated daily by around 700 families, which are distributed to 1,000 needy people on door-to-door basis. Collection takes place by 7 pm so that distribution can occur by dinner time. For convenience, have installed boxes at 21 places in Mahoba where people can drop food between 10 am and 7 pm. Mahoba district of Bundelkhand region of U.P. is one of the most deprived areas in India.
'Langar-e-Rasool' by Sunni Muslim Chhota Kabrastan Trust
Every night at around 8.30 pm, food packets are handed out to over 100 poor and impoverished people at the Idgah Maidan adjacent to the Sunni Bilal Mosque. Each food packet consists of three rotis, sabzi and achar.
Sunni Bilal Masjid, Chota Sonapur, Byculla, Mumbai 400008
Asha Kiran Charitable Trust
More than 150 underprivileged men, women and children are fed breakfast every morning, 365 days of the year since 1997, outside Glory Shop located on the main road of Four Bungalows area of Andheri West.
Janakbhai Raja: 98200 29926, Mahesh Hingorani: 99209 00601
On most Sundays, they serve food for about 50 persons. The meal is sponsored by any well-wisher. You too can sponsor the meal by submitting a post on their Facebook page.
Dharma Bharathi Mission
The organisation provides mid-day meals to school children in and around the DBM centre in Govandi, Mumbai. Meals are served at lunch time for the entire year. Meals are hygienically prepared. Till today Dharma Bharathi Mission has supplied over two million meals to children.
Motibai Thackersey Building, Mahalaxmi Compound, Opp. Dhakaleshwar Temple, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400026
He delivers food every day at noon to the homes of elderly who are infirm or ill or disabled in IC Colony, Borivali (W). The food packed in dabbas is sufficient for 3 meals and consists of chapatis, dal, rice, vegetable and a gravy dish. He also helps the seniors to fill-out forms, complete bank work and drives them to doctors' appointments.
Crrystal Care Service, K 3, Vershi Villa, Opposite IC Bakery, Near IC Post Office, IC Colony, Borivali West, Mumbai
Raj Roti Centre
Any old or needy person can get a food packet consisting of 6 chappatis, vegetable and one banana for a cost of Rs 5 between 11 am to 1 pm daily. In order to ensure that only genuinely needy benefit, xerox copies of Aadhaar card, ration card and electricity bills would have to be shown.
575, Niranjan Parekh Marg, Edenwala Cross Road, Matunga, Mumbai 400019.
Dr Meena Goshar: 098193 17038
They supply free lunch tiffins to patients admitted to hospitals as well as their relatives who are unable to afford meals. They have tied-up with certain hospitals in Mumbai (Jaslok, Saifee, Nair, JJ Hospital) where this service is provided.
99672 36006, 98206 45070, 90293 73751
Shri Nimesh Tanna Charitable Trust
Provide 100 tiffin lunch boxes of healthy and delicious food elderly people at their doorstep. The dabbas suffice for both lunch and dinner. Delivery is through the dabbawala service. In addition, the Trust provides nutritious breakfast to about 250 children.
B/2, Kothari Estate, Ratanshi Damji Plot, Gulshan Gully, Near Sharon School, Mulund (W), Mumbai 400080
90041 35858, 99872 52905
The group feeds wholesome food every Sunday to about 300 needy persons at Chunabhatti which is a central suburb on the harbour train line. They also serve food on Sundays to relatives of patients admitted to the civic-run Sion Hospital.
211 / 5, Beas, Sion Main Road, Opp LTMG Sion Hospital, Sion (E), Mumbai 400022.
The Food Army
They have various collection centres in Mumbai. Whenever there is a calamity like flood in any part of India, they collect 'Theplas' (a kind of roti) from donors and send them over to the location. They also seek half-kg packs of Green Moong, Sukha Chana, Sukha Vatana and Aakha Masoor towards nutrition donation to poor villagers in Palghar.
Kalpana, Besant Street, Santacruz West, Mumbai 400054
022-2612 9973, 86919 58484
The Giving Monks
Every Sunday food is served to children living on the streets of Andheri (W) and Jogeshwari (W).
Dishant Sheth & Piyush Kamdar
90293 84904, 90294 73300
Dr Uday Modi's Sharavan Tiffin Seva
Tiffin lunch boxes are home-delivered in Mira-Bhayander area to elderly individuals who have no support. Tiffins consist of eight chapattis, sabji, dal and rice with diabetics receiving low-calorie, low-sugar meals.
Roti Bank by “Badavara Bandhu Charitable Trust”
The Trust, started by charity-minded local businessmen, distributes food packets consisting of 3 rotis and a vegetable dish every day between 12 noon to 2 pm to about 400 persons daily. The beneficiaries include daily wage labourers, students, travellers, autorickshaw drivers, beggars and the destitute.
Chandragupta Road, Near Sangam Talkies, Mysore
Over 40 Centres Across India
Embracing the World
This is a global network of regional humanitarian organizations inspired by Mata Amritanandamayi. At their centres in India they serve food to a few million poor people every year. In addition, the organisation is engaged in other critical issues like shelter, healthcare, education, livelihood, environmental conservation etc.
'Annadaan Hai Mahadaan' Campaign by Hope for the Children Foundation (HFCF)
200 Children attend their 'Shiksha ki Asha' programme in Wadgaonshery, Hadapsar and Talegaon. The children get daily nutrition and single mothers in the community get monthly ration. Ration consists of rice, wheat, pulses, legumes, oil, sugar, groundnut, jaggery. Donors may contribute in multiples of 1 kg and the sealed packets will be collected.
Pakia Nivas Building, Mamta Housing Society, S No 57/1/1, Near Stella Maris School, Vadgaonsheri, Pune 411014
020-2703 2423, 2703 2422
Amudha Surabhi Educational & Charitable Trust
This Trust provides food for the poor in the form of free food packets to about 450 homeless persons in Salem. They want to extend the activity to peripheral areas of Salem town.
4/1A Semmandapatti Road, Periapatti, Salem 636309
Periyaswamy: 94433 42116, Suresh: 95855 51355, Mohan: 94456 67487
Food Feeder (India) by Amudhasurabhi Trust
Serve food packets daily to 450 persons (Homeless, elderly, physically challenged, mentally disabled etc) throughout areas like Salem Town, Sellanaikanpatty, Kondalampatty, Neethimedu, Annathanpatty, Rajaganapathy Kovil, 1st Agraharam, 2nd Agraharam, Ammapet Cinna Kondalampatty, Mallur etc.
Periyaswamy: 94433 42116, Suresh: 95855 51355, Mohan: 94456 67487
Prabhu ki Rasoi
This initiative of UP Government involves setting up kitchens in all districts of UP to feed the poor for free with one a meal per day consisting of rice, vegetables and dal. The first kitchen was inaugurated in Saharanpur in August 2017 and this will be followed by setting up kitchens in other districts over a period of time.
Their focus is on feeding food to hungry children from poverty-stricken backgrounds who need food to curb hunger. Home-cooked food is collected and distributed by volunteers. Donors also come forward to sponsor meals served on any particular day.
Wish to feed the poor & underprivileged? Choose an area in your city where such people are seen and arrange to provide a regular meal daily or once a week.
Require food for an initiative to feed the hungry? Get food cooked through well-wishers or source food from an eatery.
Need a team for the food donation initiative to take-off? Approach like-minded neighbours and friends to form a small core group.
Are you a running a restaurant? Consider handing over a few food packets to poor in the vicinity daily or once in a week. The food packet can consist of a simple meal of rice, dal and vegetable.
Wish to help out a group listed above? Get in touch with them directly to volunteer or inform us.
Know someone providing regular meals or tiffin lunch boxes? Inform us so that the individual or organization can be listed on this page.
Know any area where homeless congregate? Bring it to the attention of listed organizations in your city who are providing food for the poor regularly.
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