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Free quarantine meals for poor, isolated COVID patients

BNMIT cooks preparing meals for COVID positive patients in home isolation.

As Bengaluru reeled under the ever-increasing COVID-19 cases, freshly cooked healthy meal for those in home isolation was high on demand. While some were going hungry due to the stringent lockdown and strict quarantine restrictions, others simply could not afford two meals a day. For many such indigent and home quarantined COVID positive patients, the ‘Fight Corona’ program turned out to be a sigh of relief.

BNM Educational Institutions (BNMEI) in association with three city-based NGOs, Yuva Brigade, Swami Vivekananda Shreshta Bharata Pratishthana (SVSBP), and Vivekananda Yuvaka Sangha of Ramakrishna Math, had started ‘Fight Corona’, a food distribution program for poor COVID-19 patients. The two-week long program that began on 28 April 2021 aimed at providing free home-cooked nutritious meals to those in home isolation, and in need.

‘BNMEI is always at the forefront when it comes to helping the poor and needy. We distributed food for police personnel, BBMP officials, and construction workers during the first lockdown period. This time, we tried to help COVID positive patients by providing two meals a day’, informed Sri. Narayana Rao Maanay, Secretary, BNMEI.

Under the initiative, food was prepared in BNMIT’s kitchen, packed by the volunteers from SVSBP, and was distributed by the members of Yuva Brigade. Over 7,500 meals were delivered over the period of 25 days by 40 volunteers.

According to Chakravarti Sulibele, mentor and member, Yuva Brigade, ‘Fight Corona’ was a carefully tailored program to help those in need.

Volunteers from SVSBP packing the meals.

‘Whenever calamities strike, we work towards the betterment of those impacted. During the second COVID wave and lockdown, while we were pondering over our plan of action, BNMEI came up with the idea of ‘Fight Corona’ program. We advertised the program through our social media channels. When we received calls requesting for meals, we asked the callers to share their Bangalore Urban (BU) number and location to verify genuine cases. Once we received the BU number linked to the patients, we accessed further details like the current medical condition and number of infected people in a family. After filtering all the information, we delivered fresh and home-made food to doorsteps’, informed Mr. Sulibele.

The ‘Fight Corona’ initiative concluded on 21 May, after providing free and nutritious meals to over 150 families in need.