An initiative to feed the hungry

A CSR exercise by a pharmaceutical company ensures a wholesome lunch is served to the needy at four venues in the city 

Published - November 19, 2022 09:06 pm IST

A corporate social responsibility initiative by Chennai-based pharmaceutical company Tablets India ensures the needy are not going hungry.

Every day, more than 1,000 people are provided food free-of-cost at the Annadhanam centres run by Tablets India Foundation, the company’s CSR arm. The centres at Tondiarpet and MKB Nagar in Vysarpadi were the first to open as far as Chennai goes. A centre in Ashok Nagar came up later. A centre operates in Mamallapuram as well.

A press release about the initiative listed some of the highlights: The systematic manner in which tokens are issued and the hygienic conditions maintained in the kitchen and dining areas.

“We issue tokens from 9.30 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. to get a rough estimate on the number of people that we can expect for lunch, though we never turn away a person without it,” says TG Srinivasan, special officer of the Annadhanam centres.

He says the venue at Ashok Nagar witnesses the greatest footfall: around 450 on an average. “A trust has given us space to run this service where we only meet the maintenance expenses,” says Srinivasan. While the space at Tondiarpet is attached to the factory, the one at Mamallapuram is attached to a temple.

Full meals is offered for lunch and it includes rice, vegetables, sambar, rasam and buttermilk. Lunch is served in a banana leaf. “One day in a week, sweet is served as an accompaniment to lunch,” he says.

Srinivasan notes this service was started in 2019 to ensure people have at least one full meal a day. “Apart from the underprivileged, we see many people on the move including delivery operators benefiting from these centres,” says Srinivasan, adding that the food is prepared in the respective centres and served fresh and hot.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.