In an effort to help poor and needy people find food, Gujarat government has collaborated with NGO's to start 'hunger helplines' across the state, a first of-its-kind project in the country.
The objective of starting such a project with food charity organisations is to satisfy the basic hunger of people on regular days as well as during natural calamities like floods and earthquake, Gujarat Food and Civil Supply Secretary SK Nanda said.
"There are many organisations in every city of Gujarat which provide food to poor and needy people either free of cost or at very nominal rates. On the other hand there are many people who cannot afford to have two meals a day. The helpline will try to connect the needy to the donors," Nanda said.
A pilot project "hunger helpline" has already started in Surat and around 30 food charity organisations have been clubbed under one organisation, which has been given the responsibility of guiding hungry people to the nearest place in the city where they can get food free of cost.
Those in need for this hepline service just have to call one number to get connected to hunger helpline and an operator directs them to the nearest charity organisation from the area they are making the call, the official said.
Nanda said many people had successfully used this food helpline during the recent Surat floods. "We have asked the supply officers of all the 25 districts of the state to collect details of such charity organisations.