Wednesday, August 4

Kolkata: Community kitchens for daily wagers, homeless

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Students, alumni of various institutions and citizens have come up with community kitchens in different parts of the city to feed daily wagers and homeless people during the lockdown.

A community kitchen, known as People’s Kitchen, has been set up at Ripon Street by ‘Quarantined Student-Youth Network’. Members like Subhadeep Das, Alamin Ali and Mohd Arshad have been working tirelessly in this kitchen to cook and distribute food to 200 homeless people living in Park Circus, College Street, Hedua, Ahmerst Street and Surya Sen Street.

Ashutosh college student Subhadeep Das said, “We were facing difficulty in finding space and got in touch with Alamin. Since Mohiuddin Chacha’s eatery was closed, he gave us consent to use his space for the kitchen.”

At Santoshpur, a community kitchen is being run by Tathagata Roychoudhury and his neighbours to feed around 250 people in and around his locality, Sealdah and M R Bangur Hospital. JU research scholar Dwaipayan Choudhury has also started a similar drive to feed 200 daily wagers and homeless people near Bandel railway station. Since March 29, Switch ON Foundation and Active Citizens Together for Sustainability (ACTS) have been running ‘Project Karuna’ in collaboration with Kolkata, Bidhannagar and Howrah Police to feed around 15,000 people daily in the city. They set up five kitchens at Camac Street, Anandapur, Jadavpur, Park Circus and Strand Road, where food is being cooked and then handed over to the police for distribution.

Source: Times of India

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