Bhubaneswar, July 30 (LocalWire): As lockdowns due to COVID-19 have affected the income of priests across the state, the So Am I Foundation Trust has distributed dry rations for 1 month to around 40 pujaris of Puri under its Hunger Free Odisha initiative.
Previously the foundation had distributed ration to around 1000 families of Pujaris of Puri as well as Bhubaneswar.
“Since the temples have been constantly shut and servitors are also an important community of our society, we thought of extending a helping hand to the servitors, who not only take care of the houses of our Gods but also have been a source of emotional empowerment to the society,” said Pinaki Mohanty, Founder of So am I Foundation Trust.
Earlier, SAI foundation had distributed 15 days ration to as many as 5000 families of Bhubaneswar alone and 5000 families across Odisha who are deprived of the Govt’s Food Security Programme.
The foundation also distributed 2 months ration to the Contractual/ Outsourced Low Income Group employees of Capital Hospital, Bhadrakh DHQ Hospital, Puri DHQ Hospital and Baripada HQ Hospital as a token of appreciation and gratitude to the COVID Warriors.
Ration was also distributed to 50 ‘Cinema, Television, Music Artists’ family and to 50 Mandir Pujakas Family of Puri, Cuttack and Khurda District.
Since the initial days of lockdown SAI foundation has also been serving watermelon, cooked lunch, snacks and dinner to almost 1000 on-duty Police/Traffic Constables, Destitute elderly persons, women, disabled persons and to the stranded migrant labourers on a daily basis.
“So Am I” Foundation Trust, a Non-profit Making Organization, has the prime objective of making Odisha Hunger Free by ensuring that not even a single person goes to bed empty stomach.
The organization has initiated several programmes like installation of food bank for the needy, mobile vans to distribute food to hungry and many more across Odisha to eradicate hunger from the state.