IMPACT of providing Grocery Kits to Mid Day Meal Cooks in collaboration with RIST-PFC – Nagarkurnool & Hyderabad districts – Telangana – Phase II

Annapoorna Trust in collaboration with ‘Rural India Supporting Trust’ (RIST) and ‘Partnerships For Change’ (PFC) has been reaching out to support the families of an overall 15,000 Government Mid-Day Meal (MDM) cooks. 

 

As a part of this relief programme during Phase-II of the project, around 500 mid-day meal cooks & needy beneficiaries across various mandals in NagarKurnool, Jangareddy – Nagar Kurnool & Hyderabad districts received one month dry ration kits.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and presents an unprecedented challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work. The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating.  Informal economy workers are particularly vulnerable because the majority lack social protection and access to quality health care. Without the means to earn an income during lockdowns, many are unable to feed themselves and their families. For most, no income means no food, or, at best, less food and less nutritious food. At a time when there was so much uncertainty looming around with respect to the third wave of covid, Annapoorna, RIST & PFC trusts came forward to the assistance of the needy public at large.

 

Details of the distribution is as below:

 

Sl. No.DateDistrict

No of cooks 

or beneficiaries

116 Aug 2021Nagar Kurnool250
223 Aug 2021Nagar Kurnool100
325 & 26 Aug 2021Hyderabad150
  Total500

Each dry ration kit consists of 10kg of rice, 2kg of wheat flour, 1 kg of toor dal, 1kg chana dal, 1ltr cooking oil, 2kg of sugar, 1kg of salt, vermicelli, chilli powder, jeera, mustard, and turmeric.

 

On 16th August, 250 private school teachers in NagarKurnool were provided dry ration kits. This was a pleasant surprise and a relief to them since there were not many organizations coming forward to the assistance of private school teachers who had either lost their current jobs or been paid marginally due to school closure & COVID pandemic.

 

 

One of the teachers spoke, “We are a family of six comprising of four sisters & two elderlies at home. We are in dire need of help currently. We are very much thankful for not only helping me but my whole family.”

 

Another teacher expressed her feelings, “We have not received any salaries since the last two years from school. We are delighted to get assistance during this pandemic time & hoping for more such services & initiatives from the Trust.”

 

Likewise, another private school teacher thanked wholeheartedly for lending a helping hand at a juncture where it is very hard to even pay the children’s school fees.

 

 

Majority of the beneficiaries in Jangareddy – NagarKurnool & Hyderabad city come from lower strata of society of labour class, who either do not have any job in hand due to ongoing pandemic or doing some menial jobs to meet their ends.  

 

To know more about Annapoorna’s prevention and relief activities during the covid pandemic, glance through our content and newsletters at COVID-19 Support