Food is very intrinsic to our well being and our culture. Whether we celebrate festivals or personal occasions such as marriages, birthdays, food is the centre of attraction, Khana Chahiye (We need food). When we go to someone’s house or when they come home food is the focus, they offer us food, or we cook for them, Khaana Chahiye. When we are very happy or when we are very sad, we dig into food, Khaana Chahiye. When we wake up, start the day, Khana Chahiye. When we come home after a tiring day Khana chahiye.
In this lockdown, what is worrying Indians who are hungry, for themselves, for their children, for their family members? Khanaa Chahiye. What is making Indians come together in this difficult situation? The need to ensure no one goes hungry. Across the country, we can see various citizen’s movements coming up. One such citizen’s movement is Khaanachahiye.com based in Mumbai. What is very special about this movement is the scale which they have achieved.
2.0 million meals had been served since the lockdown in Mumbai .
Niti Goel, Mazher Ramzanali, Pranav Rungta, Swaraj Shetty formed the early core team members along with Ruben Mascarenhas,Pathik Muni the co-founders of Khaanachahiye.com. Together these bunch of mobile and extremely skilled youngsters got together for a cause which required them to dip into their diverse work experience to solve hunger problem in Mumbai city. Mazher Ramzanali says, “Mumbai is a very busy city which needs a heavy dose of empathy for its labour classes. I didn’t even know the names of housing keeping staff and security staff in my apartment complex. The city takes care of itself and everyone residing in it, when it functions so we never quite understand their pain of the lower middle classes and the poor. They are essential for our success but we rarely think about them. This crisis made us think about them and was a great leveler. I couldn’t watch as the crisis unfolded, and had to do something. Due to the fact that I had a young kid and an elderly at home.First step was to quickly put together a supply and distribution chain to make the meals reach the needy.”