Community kitchen gets ready to ensure nobody goes hungry in state
Adoor: Community kitchens are being opened across state under the leadership of Kudumbashree and local self government bodies due to the spread of COVID-19.
Apart from canteen, catering facilities of Kudumbashree, the auditoriums, hostel and cooks will also be a part of this community kitchen. As per the demand of each local self government body, one or more kitchen will be started in each area.
In Municipalities, there will be one kitchen for every 10 wards and in panchayat, there will be a kitchen for every two wards. In Muncipalities, food will be prepared for 500 to 1000 people. And in Panchayats it will be for 100 to 200 people.
The running of the community kitchen will be handed over to a micro start-up unit of Kudumbashree and if needed, the facility will be made larger by adding more people on a daily basis. There will special counters for food distribution.
Volunteer teams will be formed across Panchayats to take lunch to different households. Food will be made available for people kept under observation, older citizens, people living in lodges and in the streets among others. There will be at least two phone numbers for each unit, through which food can be ordered.
Funds for running this project will be accepted as donations or as sponsorship. Local bodies can spend money from their own funds. An amount will be sanctioned to Kudumbashree district mission coordinator for the formation of community kitchen.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on Wednesday announced his government had taken "extensive measures" to ensure that no one was left starving during the lockdown.
"Free meals will be delivered through the community kitchens to the needy and those in home quarantine", Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K Sreekumar said.
"Volunteer groups formed under the leadership of ward counsellors will ensure that elderly people who are living alone have access to food," he said.
Deputy Mayor Rakhi Ravikumar said the corporation would provide food to around 250 people.
The local self government institutions have identified schools or other buildings to prepare food and engaged volunteers with enough safety precautions.
(With PTI inputs)