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Shyam Rasoi in Nangloi is offering a hot meal for Re 1 during COVID-19 pandemic

​Food insecurityANI
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​Food insecurity
According to a report by ANI, against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic that has challenged lives, livelihoods and economics, three UN food agencies called for an unprecedented response by way of collaboration and partnership to continue the fight against food and nutrition insecurity. It is in this context that one must look at the role of community participation in fighting hunger.

Nangloi's Shyam Rasoi in Bhooto Wali Gali is an apt example of helping the poor and needy during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it is not only the poor but people from all walks of life that queue up outside Shyam Rasoi between 11 am to 1 pm to eat their lunch for just Re 1.
​Feeding 2,000 peopleANI
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​Feeding 2,000 people
51 year-old Parvin Kumar Goyal who is running Shyam Rasoi for the last two months spoke to ANI, "Daily we feed 1,000 to 1,100 people here and also provide parcelled food to nearby areas such as Inderlok, Sai Mandir, via three e-rickshaws. Altogether around 2,000 Delhiites eat here from Shyam ki Rasoi."

In addition, Goyal said, "We get donations from people. Yesterday an old lady came and offered us ration, another day somebody gave us wheat, and thus we are running it for the last two months. People do help us via digital payment mode also. We have the capacity to run for seven more days. Also, I request all to help us with ration and continue this service."
​What’s all on the menuAgencies
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​What’s all on the menu
The platter offers rice, roti soya pulao, paneer, soybean, and halwa, and the menu changes every day. Narenderlal Sharma who has been eating at Shyam Rasoi for the last four days said, "I eat here for just one rupee. The taste is really good and so far we had no health issues. Children also eat here and everything is just fine." Sitting arrangement is also available for people inside the factory to eat properly. Other than lunch, morning tea is also served here for Re 1.
​From Rs 10 to Re 1ANI
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​From Rs 10 to Re 1
Parvin Kumar has six helpers whom he pays Rs 300-400 depending on the sale but otherwise, locals and college students do come to help him. Earlier cost per thali was Rs 10 but for the last two months, it was reduced to Re 1 one to attract more people.
​Generous use of spaceANI
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​Generous use of space
The area has been provided to Goyal by Ranjeet Singh, a businessman. Singh said, "Since NGT has closed down the factory, it was lying vacant. When he came to me, I gave him this space. We do not take cash from anybody. It's open for donation and even through digital payment mode but we won't take cash. Many people from this area come here to eat regularly and we are happy" added Singh.
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