DP World in partnership with Akshaya Patra, is providing free cooked meals to daily wage labourers, homeless people and low-income group families across India. The nationwide lockdown necessary for containing the spread of COVID-19 has adversely affected the underprivileged section of the society. The company is committed to support the local communities during these challenging times. DP World is also providing dry rations to those who depend on daily wages or have lost their livelihoods during this time. Food supplies are being provided to the local communities around DP World’s port terminals in Cochin (Kerala), Nhava Sheva (Maharashtra), Mundra (Gujarat) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).
Rizwan Soomar, CEO and MD, DP World Subcontinent said “In these unprecedented times, numerous people from economically weaker section of the society do not have access to food and other necessities. Through our partner Akshaya Patra we are offering free cooked meals to thousands of families across the country. We are also distributing dry ration kits to the workers who are living in and around our facilities. It is our commitment to provide support to the communities around us. We have already initiated several programs in association with our NGO partners.
We are committed to help the country in the fight against Coronavirus. As a leading logistics company, we are ensuring the continuous flow of essential goods across the country. All port terminals and inland freight terminals of DP World at Cochin, Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Chennai, Ahmedabad, NCR and Hyderabad are operating 24×7. These are supported by our Rail operations, CFSs, Warehouses, Express, 3PL and Cold Chain businesses, and have collectively ensured that the lockdown has minimal impact on trade and economy.”
Sundeep Talwar from The Akshaya Patra Foundation said, “Through our network of kitchens we are providing cooked meals across various states. We aim to provide 1 Crore cooked meals and 5 lakhs packed grocery kits to families impacted by the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic in India. Corporate partners like DP World are helping us achieve that goal. We thank DP World for their support and look forward to collaborate closely during these challenging times to ensure food relief reaches to the people in need.”
DP World has undertaken various sustainability initiatives targeted towards education, healthcare and disaster relief. DP World has contributed heavily to increase accessibility of healthcare in remote locations through ‘Sehat Ki Sawari’, a mobile medical unit across 30 villages. Additionally, the organization is deeply invested in disaster relief efforts in Kerala through the ‘Rebuild Kerala’ project that is addressing rehabilitation of flood affected community members.
Akshaya Patra is a Bengaluru based non-profit organisation that operates in partnership with the Central Government and various State Governments to offer cooked meals to school children. They provide 18 lakh meals every day to government school children across the country through the mid-day meal programme. The Akshaya Patra Foundation has begun its COVID-19 relief services by providing healthy, cooked meals and dry ration kits to thousands of people.