Narayan Patra- GMRVF's initiative to feed the needy
12 March 2021
"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."- Mahatma Gandhi
India ranked 94 among 107 nations in the Global Hunger Index 2020 and is in the "serious" hunger category with experts suggesting this to be a result of poor implementation processes, lack of effective monitoring, siloed approach in tackling malnutrition and poor performance by large states. Last year, India's rank was 102 out of 117 countries.
This situation can't be tackled with the effort from one section of the society, but demands collaborative efforts, consistent participation and innovative initiatives from all. One such long term sustainable plan has been undertaken by GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the CSR wing of GMR Group. As per the plan, Hyderabad unit of GMRVF is implementing Narayan Patra program where every employee puts aside a fistful of rice before they begin cooking for the day. These grains are then collected at the end of a fixed period - a month or more and are then distributed among the needy.