New Delhi: The past one and a half year has had a huge impact on the lives of several people. The times have been tough but on a positive note, some people are already making changes to create a positive environment and lamping lights in the darkness.
Vijay, 26, a writer and his friends Tarachand Ojha, a labour, Aashish, an Engineering student, Salil Shrivastav, an advocate, Vikas Mishra, doing a private job and 7 more friends joined hands for free meal distribution to the needy people in Delhi. They started this work last year when people were migrating during the first wave of Covid-19. They started helping them by providing free meals along with helping them to reach their homes.
Vijay says, “Later things were getting fine after the first wave of Covid and we got back to our jobs. But then things got worse again due to Covid, we decided to help people who were in search of a bed, oxygen, and other things.”
Later they helped one patient to get admitted to the hospital, the next day Vijay and his friend asked the patient’s attendant regarding the patient's health, to which the family replied, “We are fine but we are also having symptoms of Covid, due to which we are not able to cook meals.”
Vijay says, “These families need help but they are not able to speak about it, so from April 18 we started distributing free meals to them and also spread this message on our social media platforms.”
These friends generate funds on their own through their savings and they don’t require any crowd funding. Vijay says, “I had an iPhone 11 pro max which I sold for this help work.”
Till now, they have distributed food in Rohini, Saraswati Vihar, Peeragarhi and Uttam Nagar. Apart from free meal distribution, they also distribute ration kits to families who don’t have money to buy these food items like wheat, rice, pulse, bread, spices etc.
Vijay says, “We just deliver food to people who are in need without asking them any personal questions and tell them till the time they need food from us they can always ask.” He also added that families who are not in the situation to cook food or don’t have anyone to take care of them, then Vijay and his fellow friends deliver them with dry rations which can cover 10-15 days.
These are the friends who came forward from a different occupation, contributed to this free meal distribution by investing their savings in it.