Eradicating Extreme Hunger & Poverty
Hunger and malnutrition are two of the greatest challenges of our time. Not only do the consequences of not having enough – or having the wrong – food cause suffering and poor health, but it also slows progress in many other areas of development like education and employment.
MMF has taken the initiative to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty by providing continuous monthly grocery support to 42 institutes working in the areas of social welfare, in schools, helping the homeless, senior citizen homes, leprosy homes, the visually impaired, homes for orphans, homes for mentally challenged, the differently-abled and migrant students. We also provide daily meals on the streets to homeless people and those in need.
This initiative is to support the most helpless and most in need in our society. MMF provides financial support for mid-day meals in schools as tiffin or in the mess, nutritious food for orphans and two meals a day, every day, to hundreds of homeless people
Distribution of dry ration kits to striking State Transport workers in Maharashtra
(Backed by Finolex Industries)
Mukul Madhav Foundation has taken concrete and consistent steps towards the eradication of hunger.
The State Transport workers have been on strike since October 2021. In January 2022, we distributed dry ration kits to the families of these striking workers at the Parner & Shrigonda depots in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. A total of 100 kits were distributed in each depot.
The State Transport workers appreciated this gesture.
Distributed 1000 ration kits and blankets at the Masar Village in Gujarat
(Backed by Finolex Industries)
The Masar Gram Panchayat had put out a request for support of 1000 blankets for underprivileged villagers. These villagers live in huts and find it difficult to keep warm during the biting cold winters.
Responding to their appeal, we decided to not just provide them with 1000 blankets, but also added 1000 ration kits. Each ration kit included 3kgs of rice, 3kgs of wheat flour, 1ltr edible oil, 500g toor dal, and 250g tea powder.
These kits were distributed to the villagers on the 18th of December 2021. The village Sarpanch expressed his gratitude to the MMF team for its support and concern for the people of Masar.
Distributed 10 Scitech Soymate machines at Mokhada, Palghar
(Backed by Finolex Industries)
Nutrition has been a matter of primary concern for Mukul Madhav Foundation since its inception. We strive to find self-sustainability, therefore, in all that we do. One such initiative was helping the tribal community upgrade their living conditions through better sanitation facilities, beekeeping training and workshops for the ladies of the village, illuminating paths for the safe passage of all its residents, and more.
In our continued endeavour, we were joined in by the Science and Technology Park, Pune who offered to help us by introducing and distributing ten Scitech Soymate machines to ten Anganwadis. This machine is a multi-purpose, lightweight and cost-effective food processor that addresses the core nutritional needs of women, children, and the elderly.
So, on 4th March, 2022, this revolutionary machine, developed by a start-up and supported by Science and Technology Park, was introduced to the people of Mokhada village.
The soy milk extracted through Soymate can be fortified with jaggery and then fed to children below 5 years of age. The Okara (rawa) obtained can be mixed with mushroom powder and made into rotis. Also, Soy protein fortified rice can also be made by cooking rice in soy milk instead of water.
The Scitech Park, in association with Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil High School, and the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara, through their Arts and Commerce College, Mokhada, have identified, trained, and supported various self-help groups, primary healthcare staff members, and teachers from Anganwai, Balwadi, and primary schools to use the Soymate. It is a blessing that has helped us in the fight against malnutrition in the area.
Since 2010, MMF has been supporting various institutes with groceries and food in Pune, Satara, Ratnagiri and Masar:
- Pune, Maharashtra: A total of 42 institutes have been supported with monthly groceries and nutritious foods so they can cook and feed the hungry. We also supported over 300 students from the College of Agriculture, Pune, who migrated from rural areas for 3 months for their exams, with tiffin services twice daily.
- Satara, Maharashtra: Dronagiri is an orphanage for newborn babies. MMF has been supporting them with a supply of Lactogen.
- Karnataka: We have also been supplying monthly groceries to the Service Agency For Rural Women And Children (SARWC), an organisation caring for the mentally and physically disabled in Karnataka.
- Masar, Gujarat: Gram Swaraj Uttar Buniyadi Hostel is being supported with groceries.
- Ratnagiri, Maharashtra: 3 institutes, including a rehabilitation centre for the mentally challenged, have been supported with monthly groceries.
- Supported 300 students from Agriculture College, Pune, who migrated from rural areas for 3 months with tiffin services twice daily.
- The “EK MUTTHI ANAJ” initiative was started by MMF, where Mukul Madhav Vidyalaya students collect one fistful of seeds to help feed the mentally challenged children at Ashadeep Rehabilitation Centre. This initiative was started in 2016 and the students continue to support it as a part of their social responsibilities.
We have been providing 320 daily meals, morning and evening, to daily wage earners, the homeless, orphans and other vulnerable groups by collaborating with ashrams, NGOs, orphanages and caterers across the country.
- 100 meals, 7 times a week, for homeless people through Amit Caterers, Pune, from 2016
- 220 meals daily through the Annamrita Foundation to the Gurukulam Day Care Centre, Pune, from 2020
- 150 meal, 4 times a week through Annamitra Foundation, Pune, from 2020
- 220 meals, 3 times a week, through Sadhu Waswani Mission, Pune, from 2021
- 120 meals, once a week, at Sai Ashray Orphanage, Shirdi, from 2021
Animal care in Maharashtra
Our initiatives to feed the hungry also extend to animals since they too have the right to survive and live safe and healthy lives.
We are feeding 100 cows every day since March 2020 in collaboration with Annamrita Foundation in Pune.
In Matheran, Raigad, Maharashtra, we’ve provided fodder for 460 horses during the Covid-19 pandemic