Amid the growing number of positive COVID cases across the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, restrictions have been put in place by the administration. Many people and their families who have tested positive have difficulty accessing food.
In the midst of this, a campaign called “ Food for Kashmir ” is rapidly gaining popularity as they provide free home cooked meals to these COVID patients and their families. A food delivery start-up called “Tiffin Aaw” in Srinagar launched this campaign on social media. They took it upon themselves to provide free meals to HIV-positive families, COVID warriors and those in need.
The concept was started when owner Rais Ahmad received numerous distress calls from people outside of Kashmir, wanting food delivered to their COVID-positive parents.
“ Food for Kashmir was launched recently, we received a lot of distress calls from people whose families were convinced that they weren’t able to afford their food, we as a start-up up, wouldn’t have been in this position to give free food to so many people. So we thought we needed to do something and that’s when we started a campaign where people would sponsor food for those who couldn’t pay. We have received excellent responses from all over, ”said Rayees Ahmad, founder of“ Tiffin Aaw ”.
The startup has also decided to continue this initiative until the pandemic is not over. They ask people to sponsor their meals for those in need. They deliver these food packages to hospitals, homes and COVID wellness centers.
“We are a small start-up and it’s only been a year. People call us, we give people food without asking for money. And among these people only, some are so moved and tell us that ‘ they want to sponsor other covid positive from family or patients, ”said Nida Rayees, co-founder of“ Tiffin Aaw ”.
She also adds, “We follow all Covid protocols and don’t allow delivery people in our kitchen. And now we’ve launched a request for people to donate a small tent to us so we can keep the kits separate. PPE, masks, etc. “