In scenes that seem eerily familiar to last year, members of Ghar Ghar Langar Seva in Ahmednagar have been preparing food in large quantities since March 4 when the municipal corporation informed them that the Covid-19 situation was beginning to look serious once again.
“We were managing Covid centres during the last pandemic too, and this time, we have 255 patients in a hotel and a hostel that have been converted into healthcare facilities. We started preparing food for them and then, as the numbers exploded, we began getting calls from people who are suffering from the virus and cannot cook,” says Harjeet Singh Wadhwa of Ghar Ghar Langar Seva.
The group of 35 volunteers is working hard to ensure food for the people who contact them. “Last year, we were able to distribute food door-to-door, but this time, we are worried because every other house has somebody infected. The volunteers are, nonetheless, delivering food. Some of the most urgent calls are from senior citizens who are confined to their homes. We also receive calls from their children, who stay outside the country, requesting us to arrange for an ambulance or meals for their elderly parents who live here. Then, there are migrants at the railway station who are hungry,” says Wadhwa, adding that they sent out 450 food packets on Friday.
Members of the civil societies are also coming together to provide support. Among them are food entrepreneurs such as Ronita Ghosh, whose made-to-order…