Food banks cater for the most vulnerable during lockdown

Food banks and canteens all over South Asia have ramped up production to meet the increased foot traffic to feed the most vulnerable during the coronavirus lockdown. ⁣

Many charity donations go towards creating monthly ration packets that provide basic grocery items, such as lentils, ghee, flour, oil, sugar and tea. They also include anti-bacterial soap.⁣

Amma (Mother) Canteens in Tamil Nadu, the heavily subsidised food scheme launched in 2013 remain open while most restaurants have closed. The canteen provides three meals a day consisting of idlis, rice, chappatis, sambar, or dhaal for a little as 3 rupees. Workers are also being promised greater pay for their increased hours. ⁣

Photo: Asif Hassan⁣