Chef Vikas Khanna feeding India’s hungry amid lockdown

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New Delhi: Michelin-starred chef Vikas Khanna has helped serve 20 million meals to poor Indians facing hunger For more than three months.

The Indian-born Khanna, who moved to the US in 2000, started the ‘Feed India’ campaign in April, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a strict coronavirus lockdown.

Feed India’ has provided ready-made meals and dry rations to people in at least 125 Indian cities.

The campaign has distributed food at leprosy centres, on railway tracks, elderly care homes, highways, etc.

In collaboration with marketing outfits, food brands, India’s National Disaster Response Force, and numerous volunteers, Khanna has organised food drives from his apartment in the upscale New York neighbourhood of Manhattan via telephone and online platforms.

As part of his Feed India campaign, Khanna successfully conducted one-off drives to pay tribute to different communities, including organising around 200,000 meals on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr in May, in the financial hub of Mumbai.

Among numerous one-off events organised by Khanna and his team was ‘Barkat’ (meaning blessings in Arabic) held on June 11, an initiative targeted towards providing food and rations to other vulnerable communities such as old-aged people, disabled person, sex workers and the transgender community.

At the moment, Khanna has not set any end-date to the campaign.

 

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