Lockdown 2.0. While a lot of us have hung our heads and gone back into our comfortable homes, there are people staring at hunger and desperation. But like they say, every crisis gives birth to a fleet of unsung heroes whose contribution towards humanity cannot be quantified. In an audacious attempt to measure the magnitude of impact that the food ninjas (volunteers who distribute food) of Mumbai Project have scaled, it would be no exaggeration to say that their contribution redefines the idea of humanity. #KhanaChahiye, a project that was started on March 29 th, today feeds 70,000+ people in Mumbai.
You too can feed people by donating to Khaana Chahiye at : www.bit.ly/1lakhmeals
In an exclusive conversation with Efforts For Good, the food ninjas take us through how their day looks and let’s just say, wow!
Sneak Peek into a food ninja’s day!
Starting with Sapna Bhavnani, who is also endearingly called the packaging ninja by her team said, “We start at about 10 AM. We have 10 handis of Khichris and we package about 1600 packs of food in two hours which is quite a decent number for a small team one like us.” Latha Sankarnarayan who is also a volunteer for food distribution says, “We distribute over 2000 meals everyday only on link road. There are a number of other such lanes. Despite running the campaign on such a massive scale, the demand still increases by 200 to 300 people on a daily basis.”
Where does all this courage come from?
Evaluating logistics is one part, but working up the courage to expose oneself to the contamination to be able to serve others in need is a whole different ball game. Talking of the inspiration to go for it and go for it everyday, Saumil Bharani, who is an accountant of regular days says in simple words, “I wanted to make my lockdown time meaningful.”