Mumbai Mom-Son Duo Prepares & Serves Meals To 200 People Every Day

All of us are aware of the dark side of social media, be it superficial tweets, cyberbullying, or negative comments. Having said that, the same platforms have enabled a lot of good in society too. One such example is of Mumbai-based Harsh Mandavia and his mom Heena who own a delivery kitchen service named ‘Harsh Thali And Parathas’.

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Okay, so this is a promotional-cum-charity-inspiring post from @harshthaliandparathas . One of our regular customers: Abhinav Chaudhry wished to feed 100 poor people who cannot earn their daily wages due to lockdown. . And we were fortunate enough to be trusted upon with the preparation of food and execution of this activity for him , where 550-600 people are fed daily by a wonderful bunch of selfless Sevaks like Mr. Nilesh Shah and others. (Swipe for the video) Our fully- operational delivery kitchen is open for taking food orders for charity and donation purposes across Mumbai. . . From food preparation to distribution, everything will be taken care of by my team and me. . If you know any family, corporate, or an individual who would like to contribute / donate monetarily for food (pure vegetarian only), then kindly tag them here or let us know in the DM ūüôā

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Harsh says, “In May, one of our regular customers Abhinav Chaudhary wished to donate money for feeding 100 people, but he asked me to find the needy people and feed them since he didn’t want to risk going out due to corona risk.¬†So after doing some research, I found a place outside gurudwara in Malad where we did the first round of feeding 100 poor people with a full meal consisting of roti, sabzi, dal, and rice.”

The one-time activity soon became an initiative with the duo preparing and serving meals (lunch and dinner) to 200-250 people daily. He adds,

“In the first two days, we received Rs.11000 and then we started feeding the needy on a daily basis.¬†I kept posting pictures and videos of the food donation drive every week and donations kept pouring in.¬†In 20 days, we received 1.5 lakhs, then it didn‚Äôt stop until we reached 3.5 lakhs in 62 days from 5 countries.¬†By now, we have fed over 6000 meals and served more than 15000 tawa rotis (made of whole wheat atta) keeping health in mind.”

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Another post for expressing gratitude to my social-media family, we have raised Rs.31,300 in past 7 days through #instagram and #facebook post alone, and fed more than 300 people. . In the video: Mom of @harshthaliandparathas (my mum) , accompanied me to serve food to needy people, in absense of my staff members. . We are still continuing the food donation drive on daily basis, and consider ourselves fortunate to be the ‚ÄėFood Supply Partner‚Äô of Sukhkarta Dukhharta Mitra Mandal, who conducts this selfless activity for over 500 people everyday. . . We at #HarshThaliAndParathas , are fortunate enough to be operational during this lockdown and cater to food orders for charity and donation from all over India. . . A minimum of 300 tawa rotis, made of 100% wheat atta, costs us Rs. 3000 (Rs.10 per roti) and feeds 100 people for one time. . . You can help us raise this money by making groups and contributing even in bits, because we understand that every drop counts to make an ocean. . . My team and I will be personally involved in the food preparation, packaging and distribution to the needy people directly (video footage will be recorded every time). . . DM or whatsapp us on : +91 99208-95090 for further details.

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Harsh says,
“So these needy people comprise of families from nearby slums, watchmen, daily wage earners who are jobless since 3 months, BMC garbage collectors, rickshaw drivers, etc. While distributing the sabzi, it was really saddening to hear one person saying ‘thoda zyaada sabzi dedijiye, ghar pe bachon ko (kids) bhi khilana hai, unko bahar nai la sakte, risk hojayega unki jaan pe’.¬†People waiting in the queue literally feel elated when they see my car approaching and they make way for the car, shouting ‘roti aagaya, roti aagaya’.¬†One handicapped lady comes daily in rikshaw and we arrange for her to sit near the serving counter and she keeps blessing and waving at us every time we serve her food!”
The duo plans on continuing to serve the needy until August 15 despite the risk of coronavirus. Their initiative sure is inspiring.
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