~ Distribution drive to cover nine cities, provide more than 1 crore meals
~ 3.7 million meals distributed to nearly 12,300 families across five cities in phase 1
~ 7 million meals to be distributed in phase 2, covering nine cities
October 5, 2020: SEEDS, a leading humanitarian organization, has partnered with Honeywell to distribute food kits that will provide 10.7 million meals across nine cities to people who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. These include daily wagers, contract workers, and migrant population who have been displaced because of the lockdown.
While phase-1 of the distribution drive provided around 3.7 million meals across five cities, in phase-2, this partnership aims to provide an additional 7 million meals across nine cities: Delhi, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Pune, Madurai, Haridwar, Dehradun, Chennai, and Hyderabad. Cumulatively, this multi-city outreach will cover 1.78 lakh people.
At the beginning of the countrywide lockdown, there was a huge outpouring of support for the displaced and marginalized. These efforts have come down significantly since the country began to restart and reopen. However, there are large swathes of population – especially among migrant workers – that continue to suffer from job losses and depleted savings.
Manu Gupta, Co-Founder, SEEDS said, “We are committed to reaching out to the bottom 1% most vulnerable communities during any crisis. Though the country is currently under the unlock phase, there are still communities struggling against daily hardships. SEEDS continues to reach out to such communities for the sixth month running and is committed to carry out its support work until they can safely come out of the current crisis.”
Each food kit comprises rice, wheat flour, sugar, pulses, cooking oil, and salt.
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Dr. Akshay Bellare, President, Honeywell India, said, “The pandemic has impacted a large population of India. Honeywell has actively engaged in supporting communities during this crisis by undertaking ration distribution to support people in need of basic amenities. In the last few months, Honeywell reached out to five cities and offered 12,300 relief packages to 61,500 people. We are doing yet another drive to offer basic food rations across multiple cities in support of communities.”
Over the coming weeks, SEEDS will engage with social volunteers and government officials to undertake the distribution drive.
SEEDS (Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society) is a not-for-profit organisation that enables community resilience through practical solutions in the areas of disaster readiness, response and rehabilitation. Since 1994, the organization has worked extensively on every major disaster in the Indian subcontinent – grafting innovative technology on to traditional wisdom. It has reached out to families affected by disasters and climate stresses; strengthened and rebuilt schools and homes; and has invariably put its faith in skill-building, planning and communications to foster long-term resilience. SEEDS is also India’s first agency to be certified for the global Core Humanitarian Standards – an international certification system for quality and accountability in humanitarian response. SEEDS completed 25 years of outstanding service to humanity in 2019 and is re-anchoring its approach to building resilience through innovation. It continues to empower the most vulnerable across Asia to build a better future.