Kerala has always been in the forefront for many things. This time when coming to providing food and other essentials to the needy at the time of Corona, the state has once again set an example.
On the lines of the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s call for providing food to the needy, community kitchens have started functioning in all the corporations, municipalities, and panchayats. The government decided to set up community kitchens across the state after reports came out saying that scores of people, who are homeless, are left without food. The financially poor people will be given food free of cost. The public can get a meal for Rs 20. And the volunteers would get food at the doorstep.
Kudumashree is entrusted with the functioning of the community kitchens. Apart from this, workers in several hotels and catering services have come up voluntarily offering manpower and cooking utensils. Some of the hotels have even offered to provide their kitchen for setting up such community kitchens.
The panchayats are asked to procure materials locally. They are also asked to raise funds through donations. Each panchayat will have one community kitchen that could provide food to at least 500 people. Kerala was the first state in the Country to open community kitchens.
Kerala is one of the worst hit states in India. The state recorded one death and about 170 persons are affected.