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Check out THESE 7 welfare initiatives assuring free services to COVID patients in Lucknow!

Lucknow stands united in its fight against the deadly second wave!

In the past 3 weeks, the worsening circumstances in Lucknow have transformed the city into one of the most troubled COVID hotspots in the country. With exploding infection rates and contracting medical resources, Lucknowites are struggling to pave their way out of these extraordinary circumstances. In these trying times, some compassionate souls and organisations from the city have pooled in their efforts and resources to provide free services for COVID patients. From food and medicines to ambulance services, here is a list of 7 facilities being provided free of cost to the infected individuals in the city!


Free meals by The Regnant

Assuring the basic necessity of food for all, The Regnant is giving free lunch and dinner meal packs for all COVID-affected families who are unable to prepare their daily supper. In order to get this benefit, you have to provide details including your name, phone number, a positive test report and the number of requirements and they will assure regular food supplies for you. This 'langar' aims to bring relief to a large count of COVID-stricken individuals.

Free medicines by Islamic Centre of India

When the medical infrastructure in the city stands overwhelmed by a swelling count of patients, the authorities at the Islamic Centre of India in Lucknow, have come to the rescue of COVID-affected people. Through their free online doctor consultation facility and COVID care medical kits, the organisation aspires to help the underprivileged in the society, whose sufferings are often uncared for.

Free ambulance service by IMRC, AIPIF & Sahayata Trust

Amid the present situation of crumbling medical resources, this free ambulance service provides transportation facilities for COVID patients in urgent need of hospital care. A collaborative project of IMRC, AIPIF and Sahayata Trust, the free ambulance comes as a life-saving boon for diseased individuals. Given the high demands, they may not be instantly available so you must contact them multiple times for seeking support.

Free Remdesivir injections by Indian Red Cross Society

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While inflating prices in the black market for Remdesivir has brought a state of turmoil in the city and the state, the office of Indian Red Cross Society in Qaiserbagh is providing free vials of this anti-viral drug for the deprived individuals. As per sources, one can get two injections of the drug at this facility by giving out all information regarding the patient and his condition. This step hopes to provide considerable respite to the unfortunate infected citizens!

Free medicines by SIPS hospitals

With an objective to ensure the availability and accessibility of COVID medication for the down-trodden people in the society. SIPS hospital has started an initiative to provide free medicines to them. For this purpose, a counter has been set up at gate no. 2 of the hospital where the poor and needy can get their pack of medicines by showing Adhaar card and a positive COVID test report.

Free meals by Tanmay Singh Chaudhary

Amongst free food services in Lucknow, this one is special for it caters not only to COVID patients but to anyone who requires them. Speaking to Knocksense, the distributer Tanmay Singh Chaudhary said, "Free meals are being provided through this initiative to needy people in all areas of Lucknow. Ensuring wider reach of programs, we conduct distribution programs till late hours in the night. Our vision is to make sure that nobody sleeps hungry."

Free meal packets by Rustic Haus

Though a number of free food services are being provided in Lucknow, this one by Rustic Haus is one of the firsts to be started. Lunch packets are available between 12 PM to 2:30 PM and dinner packets can be procured between 7 PM to 9:30 PM at this facility. If you wish to contribute to their noble deed, you can reach out to them and offer donations!

Knock Knock

Like all other times, even the current crisis remains be to overshadowed by a politically charged atmosphere. While few people are still engaged in endless altercations of what's wrong and what could have been better, these strenuous circumstances call for instant action, over and above all debates. Here, it is laudable to note that the citizens have taken it upon their shoulders to serve those in need. Kudos to Lucknowites and their undivided spirit of service! If you know someone who is involved in a similar kind of welfare work, do not forget to tell us in the comments below.

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Fighting against hunger, THESE 5 NGOs are a silver lining for the needy in Lucknow!

This World Food Day, get to know about these 5 NGOs fighting against hunger in Lucknow

There is an abundance of food-delivery apps in the market today that have managed to reduce the gap between your homes and restaurants. However, there is no such modern solution to bridge the long-prevailing gap between a one-time meal and the underprivileged. No matter how developed any city in India is today, the issue of hunger is a prominent one everywhere, and Lucknow is no exception.

But keeping intact our faith in humanity, are certain groups and individuals who're working round the clock to ensure that each day, the number of people going to sleep hungry, reduces significantly. This World Food Day, get to know about 5 NGOs working towards this cause and provide them with your support however you can. A little help goes a long way!

Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Akshaya Patra Foundation is a non-profit organisation spread across India that operates a school lunch programme (Mid-Day meal). Established in the year 2000, the aim of this organisation is to counter classroom hunger and aid in the education of children. Reportedly, it feeds more than 18 lakh children every day, across the country. With its presence in several cities including Lucknow, the Akshaya Patra Foundation also worked to distribute food among the migrant workers during the COVID crisis last year. Donate to this noble cause by clicking on the website link attached below.

Contact: 097924 48359

Website: The Akshaya Patra Foundation

The Robin Hood Army

The Robin Hood Army is a volunteer-based organisation that was established in 2014 by Neel Ghose and Arushi Batra. This establishment works to get surplus food from restaurants and the community, to serve less fortunate people. The idea behind the conception of this NGO is to create self-sustained chapters across the world, that will look after its local community. Like all the other chapters, Lucknow Chapter of this volunteer-based organisation conducts various drives across the city. If you wish to become a part of this group log on to their official website now!

Contact: Send a mail on info@robinhoodarmy.com

Website: The Robin Hood Army

Roti Bank

Roti Bank is a citizen led organisation who's primary aim is to provide food to the needy. To attain this goal, Roti Bank has a team spread across the country including a bunch in Lucknow that is purely dedicated to the cause. Roti bank collects left-over and excess food from homes and events and distributes it among the needy. One can donate in cash or kind or even volunteer to become a part of this thoughtful initiative. Click on the website link to know more about this organisation.

Contact: 7905881802

Website: Roti bank Lucknow

Vijay Sri Foundation

Vijay Sri Foundation is a non-government organization, that was launched in the year 2009 in Lucknow. The main objective of this organisation was the distribution of food to the needy poor in hospitals. Initially, home-cooked food packets were distributed among attendants of poor patients admitted in various wards of Lucknow's King George Medical College. Gradually, the operations grew to other hospitals in the city as well. Currently, around 900 patients are served food everyday, under its "Prasadam Sewa" campaign. To join their team or contribute monetarily, log on to their official website.

Contact: 099358 88887

Website: Prasadam Sewa

Feeding India

Found in the year 2014, Feeding India was formed to solve the complex challenges of food wastage, malnutrition and hunger in India. As a part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, Zomato acquired this organisation in 2019 to deal with these issues. With its presence in Lucknow, Feeding India by Zomato designs interventions to decrease hunger among the communities that are underserved. If you wish to donate or know more about this organisation check out their official website.

Contact: Write to them here

Website: Feeding India

Knock Knock

Even though these organisations are working hard to improve the situation, it is upon all of us to make sure that we don't waste food and do whatever we can to help and feed the poor. To fight and beat the global problem of hunger, a collective effort is a must!

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