JSPL Foundation's Mission Zero Hunger took a giant stride to address the challenges of lack access to basics food for survival among the migrant workers , daily wage earner, scavengers , street dwellers, destitute and other socially vulnerable populace, soon after the announcement of countrywide lockdown on account of COVID-19 global pandemic in last week of March 2020.
Under 'Mission Zero Hunger' programme, food needs (two meals a day comprising lunch and dinner) of such underprivileged people was addressed across JSPL's operational locations in three states as well as in the National Capital of New Delhi and specific locations in Bihar and Odisha.
Under this programme, both hot cooked food and dry rations were provided to poor and needy stranded at different sites and other vulnerable communities on regular basis and for those who were deprived of getting daily meals because of the restrictions in economic activities and movement for Nation-wide lockdown.
The stranded, truck drivers, migrant labourers, street dwellers etc. were provided hot cooked meals. Everyday about 7000 meals were served in Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and New Delhi. Similarly, people staying under institutional facilities like Old age homes, Child care home, Shelter homes, Leprosy Colonies and Homes for Special Children were supported with dry ration which included Rice, Dal, Oil, Jaggery/Sugar, Chiwda/Poha, Potatoes, Onions, Soyabean and Black peas, Soaps ,Salt , Milk powder, biscuits and Tea etc besides Hand wash, Sanitizers, Phenyles and Masks. The JSPL Foundation also started free food services in Munshiram colony, Gopalpur Colony and Nandlal Jhuggi (areas of North Delhi) and continued to provide hot cooked meals to the migrant workforce residing in the locality every day two times for more than 45 days uninterruptedly. The food materials were provided in close coordination with the Civil Society as well as with local administration abiding to all COVID-19 protocols.
In order to fight hunger during the lockdown period and beyond, JSPL Foundation provided half a million meals across the operational locations of JSPL and outside.