Tamil Nadu Couple Offers Daily Meals At ₹1 To 70 Patients Who Cannot Afford Them!

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In a country with a population of billions, there are numerous people who cannot afford healthcare or even meals twice a day. Government is taking steps to aid the underprivileged by providing various schemes in housing, food, and healthcare.

The Tamil Nadu government has also set up several healthcare units that assure free medical checkups and treatment for those in need. But food and accommodation at such camps are aspects BPL families must manage by themselves.

So, in order to help them, a couple from Tamil Nadu has been providing meals at just Re 1 to the patients and their relatives at Erode hospital for a decade, reports TNIE.

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It all began when a woman visited Venkatraman’s restaurant to buy idlis after she could not buy dosai for her ailing husband from the AVM Homely Mess as she could not afford it. As Venkatraman had run out of idlis he offered her dosai but the woman did not buy anything from him and left. He decided to check up on her at the hospital and discovered the pitiful conditions of the patients who cannot afford food at such a crucial time and decided to help them. Venkatraman along with his wife who works as a yoga instructor started distributing food at Re 1 per meal to the patients and their attendants. They feed at least 70 such patients every day.
As the couple already ran a restaurant, they faced problems in increasing the quantity of food prepared every day to support their initiative. But, they soon put in place a system that covered as many patients as possible with their limited resources and funded their scheme.

At the beginning of the day, they hand out 60-70 tokens to the people coming to the hospital. The patients are accordingly provided with breakfast, lunch or dinner, based on their requirement.

The couple spends about Rs 1,500 – 2,000 on the resources daily. Apart from food, they also give away blankets, toiletries, plates, and footwear to the patients who can’t afford it during winter.

V Venkatraman has also earned an award for his efforts. He was named ‘The Weekend Leader, Person of the Year’ in 2011. The couple is certainly an inspiration for many and deserves many more awards for their commendable service.

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