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Feeding hungry stomachs, filling empty hearts

Food for thought: Members serve food to inmates of Seva Sadan Orphanage at Harrington Road. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam   | Photo Credit: B_JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Thirty five years ago, Baba Popat was taken up with the idea of serving society. A seller of sweets, he decided to provide the underprivileged with wholesome food during the weekend.

It is said he approached Sindhi businessmen in the city and sought donations to be able to do this service. With the collections, he would buy food items and distribute them to various orphanages and old-age homes. After him, his model of service was adopted by others. Now, there are around 10 to 15 people who work towards ensuring people are fed good food during the weekend.

Rajkumar Raghuwani and his family have been a part of this effort for the last 25 years.

Some members of the Sufidar Trust have also joined them. “We cover places like Seva Sadan, Mercy Home, Bala Vihar, Orthopaedic Centre, a church in Besant Nagar and others.

We visit the places around 9.30 a.m. and serve an elaborate platter, which includes idly, vada, a fruit, buttermilk, buns and sundal. We also give away soaps.”

The procedure is simple. A member of the group functions as coordinator for the events.

“We do not collect any money. We discuss and decide who will bring what. We expect people to volunteer. But, we make sure we have enough food for everyone,” he says.

On touching so many lives, Rajkumar says: “We are lucky to be blessed with good health and life. This is a small way in which we give back to society. ”


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