‘Community kitchen' is the concept on which the East Godavari district administration is zeroed in to serve piping hot food to the victims of the cyclone that hit the district continuously for four days.

Serving hygienic food to the victims of natural calamities is posing a challenge to the government officials every time. Hygiene has to be maintained everywhere from the base kitchen to the place where the food is served. Otherwise, there is every possibility of spread of diseases among those who consumed the food. To overcome these problems, the district administration has come out with the concept of ‘community kitchen'.

Mobile kitchens consisting of stoves, utensils, groceries, vegetables and a cook have been deputed to places where the cyclone victims have been stayed. The cooks, with the help of local women and youngsters, prepared food items and served them piping hot to the victims. The kitchens had been sent not just to places where relief camps were arranged, but to areas where the people were reluctant to join the camp.

The services of 20 community kitchens were used on Wednesday on a trial basis and food was being served to about 8,000 victims.

The response from the public encouraged the authorities to increase the number of kitchens. “People are very happy, as they are able to eat hot and hygienic food. We have selected cooks from the community and sent them to select areas. Instead of serving packed food, using the services of community kitchen is a win-win for both the officials and the public,” K. Sasidhar, Joint Collector, told The Hindu on Wednesday.