Sri Chandrasekhara Guru Paduka Peetam and Sri Ramayana Navahnika Yagna Trust have set an example to people by heading beyond their reach and feeding over 6 lakh people in Tenali, Andhra Pradesh during the pandemic.
Vishnubhatla Anjaneya Chayanulu is the founder of the trust and a resident of Tenali. He established this trust to help the needy about 27 years ago. They also let out merit scholarships to students to build their careers.
This Family fed 6L people during the pandemic by strictly adhering to the covid-19 norms and spent 2 Crore Rupees in 120 days. They planned to serve food free of cost every day to the poor.
While the Nationwide lockdown began on 22 March 2020 there were so many daily wage workers who had lost hopes in their living. To make their lives easier during these difficult times. They decided to feed the poor in the town who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. On 23 March 2020, they prepared 50 kg of food and distributed that in one of the slums.
His younger brother said “But we aren’t satisfied with this, as the food wasn’t sufficient for all the families in that street. So, my brother and I went around the town and identified some 15 areas where nearly 6,000 people lost their livelihood due to the pandemic and suffering from hunger pangs,” by this survey Vishubhatla’s brother decided that they have to expand their service and get on the groundwork. They went on to get raw materials, Staff, utensils, and invited all their relatives and neighbors for help. But due to covid, there were limited resources.
Narayana Avadhanu said “We had come across some local chefs who lost their work due to lockdown and they were willing to work. So, we engaged them and paid salaries, which was like a lifeline to them. We started distributing food in all 15 localities we had identified from March 26,”. They had served food to nearly 8,000 -10,000 people by distributing 1,000Kg of rice and 400 kg of vegetable curry and sambar every single day. They ensured they followed strict covid-19 norms and made sure all the rules were followed by each and every individual.
According to them, they spent roughly around Rs.1 Lakh to run this which only included the payment to staff and transport. They would raise funds only for 62 days. Later some politicians and others across the country donated funds looking at their hard work on social media platforms.
After they donated the money, they ran this initiative for 120 days until the lock was lifted. They have more respect from the people around them when they walk outside. People talk to them with more respect and affection. They are a true example of humanity.
They are now planning to build a Mineral water plant and Chandrasekhara Guru Paduka Peetam Nityannadana Bhavanam in the town with an objective to serve food and water every day to the needy.
Their family is now happy that they could serve the needy during the pandemic without any hindrances.
He says “When we saw the smiles on the faces of children while receiving the food, it filled us with happiness and boosted our strength to continue,” They distributed food to everyone without any discrimination on their religion, caste, creed, and poverty line. The food is still being distributed but it has scaled down from the time the lockdown was lifted.