With a mission to fight hunger and malnutrition among the economically underprivileged people, 'Rasoi On Wheels', a Delhi based non-governmental organisation prepares fresh and nutritious home food and distributes it via a mobile kitchen to the needy in Delhi and Gurugram (Gurgaon). 'Rasoi On Wheels', which started by serving 50 people per day, five years ago, now serves more than 1,500 poor people every day. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative has served over 15 lakh meals till now to the needy.
'Rasoi on Wheels' has set up a dedicated kitchen for preparing food for the needy. Every morning, the kitchen staff starts preparing the food at around 3 AM and the distributing van leaves the kitchen at 9 AM.
The initiative is serving children at traffic signal, unaided schools, schools for differently-abled, people in slums, night shelters, old-age homes, hospitals and construction sites.
The food served to the needy everyday includes lentils, vegetables, fruits, rice, and chapatti. On special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries of the donors or their family members, and on festivals, the food includes special treats like ?halwa-poori', noodles, muffins, chocolates, and cakes.
According to Manika Badhwar, one of the three founders, "'Rasoi On Wheels' is providing healthy, nutritious, tasty, wholesome, hygienic packed meal boxes which are served to the less privileged section of our society." She further adds, "The underprivileged in India are often obliged with unhygienic leftover food because of which they don't get sufficient nutrition and even end up falling sick. But with our mobile kitchen, we are trying to change this by providing hygienically packed nutritious meal box to them."
Ms. Badhwar asserted that the food is served to the needy respectfully so that they feel special and respected.
While 'Rasoi On Wheels' prepares the food, identifies the needy and distributes the meals, thousands of donors across Delhi-NCR provide financial support to it. "Since the day the initiative has started, there has not been a single day when we have faced a lack of sponsorship," said Ms Badhwar.
Apart from providing nutritous meal, the organisation regularly conducts distribution drives to provide for other needs of children like socks, blankets, stationery, toiletries and medicines. Going ahead, 'Rasoi On Wheels' plans to expand, have more kitchens which can prepare at least 5,000-7,000 meals daily, have additional vans for distribution and wishes to add more volunteers as well.