This past week, torrential rains in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh caused flooding, rendering hundreds of people homeless and thousands of others unable to travel or find food. The local governments approached Akshaya Patra and asked the organization to provide meals to displaced victims of the natural disaster.
Akshaya Patra answered the call to service in Bellary, Hubli, Hyderabad and surrounding areas, delivering meals for 57,000 people, despite poor road conditions and the heavy downpours. Akshaya Patra also provided an additional 42,000 packets of food to be airdropped by the Indian Air Force.
“We wish to make all the facilities of Akshaya Patra available to supplement the flood relief operations of the government,” said Madhu Pandit Das, Chairman of Akshaya Patra India. “In all these kitchens we have capacity to cook thousands of meals in a short time and we have volunteers available to distribute the food. The government can count on us to provide these services for as long as they are needed.”