Delhi govt providing lunch, dinner to around 6.5 lakh people daily

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    New Delhi, April 5 (IANS) Amid the lockdown, the Delhi government has enhanced its capacity to feed the poor and is now serving two-time cooked meals to over 6.5 lakh people daily.

    The nationwide lockdown implemented to prevent coronavirus spreading, has affected the poor and homeless the most and as an aid to these people who do not have work, money and shelter, the Delhi government has announced that it will provide lunch and dinner to them.
    Since April 1, around 6.5 lakh people were served lunch and dinner from hunger relief centres across the city.
    “On Saturday, the Delhi government gave lunch to 6,48,469 people and dinner to 6,50,667 people at around 1,592 centres. The Delhi government is also getting requests for food from various parts of the city,” the government said in an official statement.
    Also, on Saturday the Delhi government got 1,040 calls or requests for food from different locations of Delhi.
    “Based on these calls or requests the Delhi government has also ensured food,” the data said.
    Since April 1, the Delhi government has enhanced its food serving capacity to provide food to 10-12 lakh people.
    Nearly 2,500 schools and 250 night shelters have started distributing two meals to 500 people a day.
    On Sunday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi that when the lockdown started, he was very concerned that with no food or money, the poor would be badly hit.
    “We worked very hard to make a plan and execute it to ensure no one sleeps hungry. I am glad that our food relief system is working smoothly for lakhs of Delhiites,” he said.