The Akshaya Patra Foundation is providing hot meals to families affected by the disaster in Chennai with the aim to provide 10,000 meals a day, and reach out even further if required.
Chennai has experienced the heaviest rains and flooding in 100 years. Over 269 people have died and 120,000 people have been rescued from rising floods waters. Families remain without access to basic needs such as food, shelter or sanitation.
Currently a team of 10-30 Akshaya Patra members are preparing these meals from a wedding hall at a temple in Chennai. Akshaya Patra is also looking into the feasibility of building a temporary aid kitchen like that set up in Bhaktapur, Nepal, to aid survivors of the two earthquakes that hit that region in the spring.
Packaged food is also being shipped from Akshaya Patra center in Bengaluru. Akshaya Patra’s Bengaluru kitchen is one of 22 mechanized kitchen facilities that provide daily school meals to more than 1.4 million children in government schools across India.
In 2012, Akshaya Patra prepared 50,000 meals for survivors of floods in the Bhatta Basti, Shastri Nagar, and Jahawar Nagar areas of Rajasthan. Following the two earthquakes in Nepal, Akshaya Patra established in five days a temporary kitchen in Bhaktapur that prepared 10,000 meals an hour up to 100,000 meals a day to survivors of the earthquakes.
Those of you who are desirous to support please make your donations at: http://www.akshayapatra.org/donate-for-chennai-floods
(Every donation of Rs.500 or above to Akshaya Patra is eligible for tax exemption certificate under Section 80G of the Indian Income Tax)