Smt. Sudha Murty and Shri Narayana Murthy have been ardent supporters of Akshaya Patra since the beginning. Extending their valuable support during this hour of need, Smt. Sudha Murty and Shri Narayana Murthy and their family have come forward and committed ₹10 Crores from their personal funds toward The Akshaya Patra Foundation’s COVID-19 relief work.
Their generous donation will enable Akshaya Patra to distribute 1.33 lakh food relief kits which will serve 55,86,000 meals. These kits will be distributed in various locations, such as Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune, Mathura, and Hyderabad. The contents of these relief kits will be based on the local palate. For instance, the kits that are to be distributed in South India will contain sona masuri rice (5 kg), tur dal (1 kg), oil (0.5 litre), sambar and rasam powder, and vegetables which have a long shelf-life, such as potatoes and pumpkins.
Akshaya Patra began its COVID-19 Food Relief Service from 25 March 2020 in several locations across the country. It has been serving cooked meals and distributing food relief kits consisting of essential groceries to migrant labourers and daily-wage earners who have lost their livelihood and are in great despair in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak and the subsequent nation-wide lockdown.
Acknowledging the significant support from the Murthy Family, Shri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman – Akshaya Patra, said, “We have known the heart and mind of Shri Narayana Murthy and Smt. Sudha Murty. They have worked all their life for the welfare of the citizens of this country. In giving their personal money for the benefit of the vulnerable sections of the society who are facing difficult times now, they have yet again demonstrated how socially responsible and compassionate they are.”
Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has also partnered with the non-profit organisation to facilitate 1.2 lakh meals for senior citizens, daily wage workers and low-income group during the lockdown period.The foundation, Akshaya Patra, shared the news on Twitter, thanking Hrithik for extending support for the cause.
“We are happy to share, our Foundation is now empowered by superstar Hrithik Roshan. Together, we will facilitate 1.2 lakh nutritious cooked meals to old age homes, daily wage labourers & low income groups across India, until normalcy in work routine.
“We salute the immediate help from superstar Hrithik Roshan in providing relief and supporting the health & well-being of all Indians in need of care. We deeply thank you for your gesture,” the NGO tweeted.
Hrithik lauded the foundation and its team the “real superheroes” for the work they have done on the ground level.
“I wish you the power to ensure that NO ONE in our country sleeps hungry. You all are the real superheroes on ground. #IndiaFightsCorona #CovidRelief” he tweeted.
“Let’s all keep doing what we can in our own ways. No contribution is too large or too small. All the best to us,” he said in another post.