Roti Ghar India Initiative From Mumbai: The initiative dates back to 2017, when a social activist from Mumbai, Chinu Kwatra along with his few friends kick-started Roti Ghar with an aim to provide good nutritious one-time meal to more than 100 women and underprivileged children every day. Chinu Kwatra took help of dieticians and nutritionists for a meal plan and decided to distribute dal and rice as these are high in protein. Later the meal plan was tweaked to serving dal and rice for six days and once a week, serve eggs and misal pav.
Since then the initiative has grown and Chinu Kwatra along with his team are now serving over 10,000 people daily in four cities - Mumbai, Thane, Airoli, Bhiwandi. Today, in the time of a pandemic, Chinu's initiative is still going strong and more and more people are being covered with each passing day. What started as an initiative for women and children now covers security guards, labourers, and rag pickers, to name a few. Chinu says currently the focus of Roti Ghar is to provide meals to daily wagers as they are on duty 24×7 and to ensure they are well fed to do their work productively and are not deprived of their livelihood.
Till today amidst the coronavirus crisis, over 6 lakhs (6,30,880) meals have been freshly cooked and distributed and nearly 3 lakh (2,89,590) people have benefitted with dry ration kits with the help of Roti Ghar initiative.