PANAJI: One World Goa in collaboration with YUVA association has taken up the initiative to distribute free food to senior citizens and other needy people who are not able to get essential items because of lockdown in wake of the coronavirus threat.
“We were approached by One World to start this initiative of distributing food especially to the citizens. We have been providing lunch and dinner to atleast 250 families in and around Panaji every day through our community kitchen,” founder of YUVA association Raghuvir Mahale told GT.
“Initially, One World had provided us with funds but now many people have been voluntarily contributing, which has made it easier for us to disseminate to the neddy,” Mahale said. After getting permission from the District Magistrate we started our operations from April 1 and in a week’s time we have got good response from the people, he added.
“One World has been serving food to fifteen families comprising senior citizens for the past two years under its initiative called Niradhar tiffin services. When the lockdown was imposed many senior citizens were stranded in their house without groceries and essential goods,” Dr Kedar Phadte, founder of One World Goa said.
“One World approached YUVA and provided them funds to start distributing foods to senior citizens and anybody who is in need,” Dr Phadte added.
Helpage India- Goa wing manager Dattaprasad Pawaskar said that senior citizens are most vulnerable to such kind of crisis situation. “So it is the community’s responsibility to help them. Every organisation which is coming out to help the senior citizens and all those in need are doing a commendable job,” he added.