Food Programme

Uthana Mission runs a Food Programme to feed underprivileged people who reside at one of the major train stations in Kolkata. Currently the programme supports 17 people at the station, by delivering them a meal every day - 365 days of the year. 

This programme commenced in 2005, to alleviate some of the suffering of the destitute people that call the platforms and surrounding areas of the train station home. Our team has not missed a day since the program commenced and much of the success of this program is due to the commitment of our local team in Kolkata.

Our local team in Kolkata prepare and package the meals at a local family-run canteen; they then distribute the food to those on the programme. The local team members help the recipients to wash their hands and open the food parcels; they interact with the recipients (even if they don’t reply -  as these people are not used to be spoken to, as some are considered as 'untouchables' in Indian culture) and look out for those who may be ill or dying. 

The annual cost to buy, prepare and feed approximately 17 people 365 days of the year is approximately $AUD12,000. 

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