Youth For Seva Zone 3 has hosted yet another successful food distribution drive on 29th May, 2016, on the occasion of World Hunger Day. About 65 volunteers teamed up together for raising funds, buying groceries, cooking, packing and food distribution. YFS team along with Robin Hood Army distributed food to 1330 people, mainly young children in the ages 2-12 and adults. The targeted section of people were the migrant workers and their families, stationed at the housing development/construction areas such as Chandanagar, Nallagandla and Hitech-City who were divided into 12 action centers. YFS and RHA teams worked together with excellent co-ordination to provide lunch on time.
As it was world hunger day, a lot of NGOs in and around Hyderabad were actively involved in a lot of food distribution drives. Many of them were distributing food in government schools, orphanages, destitute and old-age homes. YFS came up with the idea to give food to the migrant workers and their families as they generally go un-noticed. These workers are given temporary shelters on various construction sites and their situation is very concerning. They are dependent on food from ISKCON temple during the weekdays and Saturdays. On Sundays, they generally manage with little or no food. Usually, each camp has about 50 kids who suffer the most. The goal was to make sure the kids do not go hungry on that day and to provide them a jolly time. The healthy lunch consisted of vegetable rice, vegetable curry, curd, eggs and biscuits.
The objective of this food drive was not only giving away food but also to interact with the communities on a personal level in order to understand their problems and provide them some form of support.
YFS hopes to continue many such food distribution drives and do their bit to tackle hunger which is a global problem in today’s world.
The food distribution drive was a great platform for volunteers to meet up and have discussions over multiple topics ranging from YFS Zone 3 activities for the following weeks to volunteer suggestions/ideas and various volunteering experiences. The society issues touched upon were child education, farmer suicides, rain water harvesting, plantation drives etc. Everyone participated enthusiastically in the discussion and a lot of ideas and experiences were exchanged.
All the volunteers have experienced immense happiness working for this cause. Many thanks to the zonal co-ordinators for conducting the event with ease and to each and every volunteer who put in their heart and soul to make this event a great success. The volunteers are geared up and looking forward to the upcoming events.