Reliance Foundation’s Mission Anna Seva to provide 3 crore meals
Largest initiative globally by a corporate foundation
Over 2 crore meals have already been distributed in 16 states and 1 Union Territory
Reliance Foundation has scaled up its meal distribution programme, Mission Anna Seva, to provide over 3 crore meals to marginalised and under-resourced communities across India.
Mission Anna Seva is set to become the largest meal distribution programme ever undertaken by a corporate foundation anywhere globally.
Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has already distributed over 2 crore meals in 68 districts across 16 States and 1 Union Territory.
Smt. Nita Ambani, Founder and Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, said, “COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic for the world, India and humanity. As India enters an extended period of lockdown, our hearts go out to all those Indians who depend on daily wages for their next meal. They too are members of our parivar — our own Bharat Parivar. That is why, at Reliance Foundation, we have launched Mission Anna Seva – our pledge to feed needy Indians. In our culture, Anna Daan is Maha Daan. Upanishads teach us that ‘Food itself is Brahma’. Through Mission Anna Seva, we will provide over 3 crore meals, to marginalised communities and frontline workers across the nation. This will be the largest meal distribution programme ever undertaken by a corporate foundation anywhere in the world.”
Under the programme, Reliance Foundation is providing cooked meals, ready-to-eat food packets and dry ration kits to families and bulk ration to community kitchens. The beneficiaries of the programme include daily wage earners, slum dwellers, urban service providers, factory workers, and residents of old-age homes and orphanages. It is also providing meals to frontline workers such as junior medical staff, police personnel and security forces. At some locations, Reliance Foundation is also distributing food tokens that could be redeemed at Reliance Retail outlets, such as Reliance Fresh, Reliance Smart Superstore, Reliance Smart Point, and Sahakari Bhandar.
The entire staff of Reliance Foundation and the larger Reliance family is unitedly working in the mission on a war footing to ensure that no Indian goes hungry during the lockdown period.
Reliance Retail employees are contributing to this programme by packing, preparing and supplying the provisions needed for the programme. Employee volunteers from across Reliance sites such as Mumbai, Silvasa, Vadodara, Patalganga, Hazira, Jhajjar, Shahdol, Jamnagar, Dahej, Barabanki, Nagothane, Gadimoga and Hoshiarpur have been distributing free meals to poor communities in their respective locations. Staff members at certain Reliance petrol stations in West Bengal, Kerala and Odisha are distributing free meals to truck drivers who are transporting essential commodities.
Reliance Foundation is also supplying relief kits and bulk rations to over 70 partners who are engaged in similar hunger alleviation programmes in their respective locations.
In addition to the meal distribution programme, Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) and Reliance Foundation continue their 24×7, multi-pronged, on-the-ground effort to ensure the nation wins the battle against COVID-19. RIL has contributed Rs 535 crore to various relief funds, including Rs 500 crore to the PM-CARES Fund.
SMT NITA M. AMBANI’S MESSAGE TO RIL EMPLOYEES
My dear members of the Reliance Family,
I hope each one of you and your families are safe and healthy.
COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic for the world, for India and for humanity. These are difficult times, and you may be feeling anxious, but please remember that you are not alone.
For Mukesh and me, it is a top priority to ensure that each one of you, and your loved ones in your families, are safe, protected, and COVID-free.
As India enters this extended period of lockdown, our hearts go out to all our fellow citizens who depend on daily wages for their survival.
They, too, are members of our collective Indian family — our own Bharat Parivar.
This is why, at Reliance Foundation, we have launched Mission Anna Seva – our pledge to feed needy Indians. In our culture, Anna Daan is Maha Daan. The Upanishads teach us that ‘food itself is Brahma’.
Through Mission Anna Seva, we will provide over 3 crore meals to marginalised communities and frontline workers across the nation.
Mission Anna Seva will be the largest meal distribution programme ever undertaken by a corporate foundation anywhere in the world. The beneficiaries of this programme include daily wage earners, slum dwellers, urban service providers, factory workers, and residents of old-age homes and orphanages.
Further, I am pleased to share with you that, in partnership with the BMC, Reliance has set up India’s first 100-bed exclusive COVID-19 Hospital in Mumbai in just two weeks – a national record. We are now expanding this facility to a capacity of 250 beds.
We will produce one lakh masks and hundred thousand PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) daily for health-workers and caregivers across India.
Reliance is also providing free fuel to emergency vehicles to help ensure COVID-19 patients quickly get the medical care they require.
In this hour of need, our colleagues at Reliance Retail are working overtime to provide essential supplies every day to millions of Indians through our stores and home deliveries across over 200 cities.
Our colleagues in Jio are providing uninterrupted and most reliable digital connectivity to over 40 crore individuals and thousands of organisations, through its work-from-home, study-from-home, and healthcare-from-home solutions.
Reliance Foundation has donated Rs 535 crores to various relief funds, including the PM CARES fund.
Mukesh and I salute the indomitable spirit and service-mindedness of all of you in our Reliance Family.
You have stood together as one. You are the beating heart of the RIL institution.
A special mention and gratitude to all our doctors, nurses, medical personnel, and staff of Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital; our colleagues at Reliance Retail in the back-end and front-end; and the entire team at Jio.
All of you have made us PROUD! You are the true heroes and warriors in this battle against COVID-19.
To catch a glimpse of the tireless efforts of everyone at Reliance Foundation and the larger Reliance Family, we have put together this short video while remaining in our home.
Click here to watch the video.
Whenever India is faced with adversity, our people have always overcome it with unity and determination. Our response to this crisis will be no different. Together, we will win!
Corona Haarega, India Jeetega.
Stay safe, stay happy.
God bless. Jai Hind!
Nita M Ambani