COVID-19 Warriors: Meet Mumbai’s Mother-Son Duo Who Have Been Feeding Hundreds Of Needy People Daily Amid The Pandemic

COVID-19 Warriors: Meet Mumbai’s Mother-Son Duo Who Have Been Feeding Hundreds Of Needy People Daily Amid The Pandemic

Through their tiffin service, Mumbai-based Heena Mandavia and her son Harsh have served over 27,000 homecooked meals to the poor and homeless amid the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 Warriors: Meet Mumbai’s Mother-Son Duo Who Have Been Feeding Hundreds Of Needy People Daily Amid The PandemicMeet Heena Mandavia and her son Harsh, who have been distributing homecooked meals to the needy in Mumbai since May 2020 to support them during the COVID-19 pandemic
Highlights
  • The mother-son duo started ‘feed the needy’ service last year
  • In May 2020, a customer asked us to feed 100 people on his behalf: Harsh
  • Their initiative has been able to raise Rs 27 lakh from across the globe

New Delhi: A health crisis that has caused immense economic distress due to lockdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to be a threat to life and livelihood. In these difficult times, 49-year-old Heena Mandavia and her 26-year-old son Harsh have been serving homecooked meals free of cost to the poor and needy in Mumbai.

Ms Mandavia started a tiffin service, ‘Harsh Thali And Parathas’ in 1999 after her husband died in a car accident. Last year, when the pandemic hit, this mother-son duo converted their tiffin delivery kitchen into a ‘feed the needy’ service. They started feeding the hungry during the first lockdown and during the second wave of the pandemic also they continued to cook tirelessly and feed the hungry. Ms Mandavia said,

I started a tiffin service in 1999, my son was six years old and at that time, I did not have grains, vegetables or even utensils for providing people a tiffin. But I had to do something for my and my son’s survival and so with the help of my neighbours and friends I managed to start my business. Many strangers had also helped to reach the level where I am today. Because of this I always wanted to do something for the society. Always wanted to give back.

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Talking about the journey of their ‘Feed the Needy’ initiative, Harsh said that there is always some worry about getting infected as they are required to go out to serve people but knowing that a lot of people need their help motivates them to keep their fears aside and do their duty. He shared that they started feeding people for free after one of their regular customers inspired them by asking them to feed 100 people on his behalf. He said,

In the month of May last year, I got a call from our regular customer who told me that he wants to feed 100 poor people. But he didn’t want to step out because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So, he asked us if we can go out and feed them. That was the first day when we went out and fed the people outside a Gurudwara in Malad. On the same evening, I put up an appreciation post on social media along with pictures and videos of the food donation drive. That connected us with the people online and people started donating money from all over. After that we have not looked back and every day tirelessly, we cook and serve over 100 meals.

Ms Mandavia and her son have served more than 27,000 meals in the past 13 months that has covered more than thousands of poor people including those living in slums, old age homes, orphanages. Harsh added,

We also try catering to people from different segments of the society like watchmen, rickshaw drivers, garbage collectors among others who couldn’t get food while working during the daytime.

According to Ms Mandavia, the initiative also aims to provide employment to a few women who lost their jobs during the pandemic. She said,

That was a big thing for me, because I have been through the same situation in my life. A lot of people helped me to reach the level that I am at today. So, I thought I want to help some ladies too.

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Poonam Patil who is a teacher and her husband, a make-up artist by profession lost their jobs due to the pandemic. For many days they faced financial problems. Ms Patil was then employed by Ms Mandavia to help out in cooking for her initiative. Ms Patil said,

Because of the pandemic, we lost our jobs and there was no source of income. Thanks to Heena ji’s initiative, we are able to get some work and earn some income and are able to do our bit in helping the needy during the difficult times.

According to Harsh, the initiative has been receiving financial support from all across the globe. He said that to help them continue and expand their food donation drive, over Rs 27 lakh has been raised so far through social media. He said,

The encouragement that we have been receiving helped us feed the poor and spread smiles even during challenging times like these.

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World

19,66,15,634Cases
6,33,31,644Active
12,90,85,240Recovered
41,98,750Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,66,15,634 and 41,98,750 have died; 6,33,31,644 are active cases and 12,90,85,240 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 4:07 am.

India

3,15,72,344 44,230Cases
4,05,155 1,315Active
3,07,43,972 42,360Recovered
4,23,217 555Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,72,344 confirmed cases including 4,23,217 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,05,155 and 3,07,43,972 have recovered as on July 30, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,90,156 7,242

81,933 3,980

60,75,888 11,032

1,32,335 190

Kerala

33,49,365 22,064

1,55,327 5,287

31,77,453 16,649

16,585 128

Karnataka

29,01,247 2,052

23,277 685

28,41,479 1,332

36,491 35

Tamil Nadu

25,55,664 1,859

21,207 314

25,00,434 2,145

34,023 28

Andhra Pradesh

19,62,049 2,107

21,279 280

19,27,438 1,807

13,332 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,373 60

784 16

16,84,834 44

22,755

West Bengal

15,26,539 766

11,300 70

14,97,116 822

18,123 14

Delhi

14,36,144 51

554 19

14,10,541 70

25,049

Chhattisgarh

10,01,781 130

2,086 140

9,86,175 270

13,520

Odisha

9,74,132 1,615

15,276 489

9,53,088 2,039

5,768 65

Rajasthan

9,53,622 17

259 9

9,44,410 26

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,829 27

268 6

8,14,485 33

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,796 18

130 0

7,81,153 18

10,513

Haryana

7,69,858 30

712 10

7,59,516 17

9,630 3

Bihar

7,24,719 46

481 1

7,14,596 42

9,642 3

Telangana

6,43,716 623

9,188 126

6,30,732 746

3,796 3

Punjab

5,99,005 58

553 6

5,82,162 60

16,290 4

Assam

5,64,030 1,299

14,114 385

5,44,695 1,664

5,221 20

Jharkhand

3,47,105 56

259 22

3,41,720 34

5,126

Uttarakhand

3,41,982 48

669 3

3,33,952 51

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,207 181

1,144 5

3,15,686 175

4,377 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,728 229

1,098 145

2,01,110 84

3,520

Goa

1,70,900 90

1,077 5

1,66,679 93

3,144 2

Puducherry

1,20,725 98

972 49

1,17,961 49

1,792

Manipur

96,824 1,000

10,895 27

84,408 1,016

1,521 11

Tripura

78,059 271

3,640 221

73,665 488

754 4

Meghalaya

63,745 731

5,750 294

56,933 423

1,062 14

Chandigarh

61,948 5

37 1

61,102 4

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,477 335

4,252 49

43,000 383

225 1

Mizoram

37,171 764

11,862 252

25,168 511

141 1

Nagaland

27,653 67

1,299 51

25,798 114

556 4

Sikkim

26,132 276

3,297 180

22,498 92

337 4

Ladakh

20,324 4

60 4

20,057 8

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,643 1

36 5

10,603 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,162 7

70 6

10,042 13

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,534 3

10 3

7,395

129

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