Mumbai: In light of the terrible floods, which have created havoc in Gujarat, a Mumbai-based women’s group, Food Army, has often come together to send home-cooked food to any area affected by natural calamities and tragedies. The group is now gearing up to send 1,500 kg of theplas (a type of roti) to flood-affected areas and villages in Gujarat.
The women’s group is asking other locals to help them in this noble cause. They have eight collection centers in South Mumbai — Opera House, Girgaum, Gamdevi, Napean Sea Road and Worli — and other centers across Western suburbs. This noble cause has received tremendous support among Mumbaikars and are coming forward to help.
Rintu Rathod, founder of Food Army, said, “We started circulating messages to social media groups on August 1, requesting citizens to contribute minimum 20 home-cooked theplas, which will help the villagers, who are affected due to the floods. Our aim is to send out 1,500 kg theplas to the affected villages with the help of the Ahmedabad collector. We plan to send theplas to Ahmedabad from Mumbai in a tempo. With the help of a team, the collector will collect the theplas, and distribute it among the affected people by Thursday evening,” reported DNA.
The social media has played an important role, according to Food Army in spreading the message and creating awareness.
Viddhi Shah, Opera House resident, said, “I received more than 300 theplas by afternoon. After every half an hour I am receiving calls from people residing in nearby areas. People are willing to contribute. Posting the message on Faceboook and WhatsApp groups have helped us reach out to many people in one day.” “The theplas are collected at one location and checked properly before dispatching,” added Rathod. Food Army had sent over 700 kg theplas during the Nepal earthquake in 2015, and over 35,000 theplas during the Kashmir floods in 2014.