Satish Sarella’s meals-at-the-doorstep service is a boon for those recuperating from Covid in isolation
The Future India Foundation team
When 38-year-old Satish Savitri Sarella, a superintendent (vigilance) with the Andhra Pradesh animal husbandry department, tested positive for Covid-19 last year, he decided to send his wife and daughter to live with his in-laws till he had recovered. But a challenge awaited him in the kitchen. Weak from the disease and clueless in the kitchen, putting food on the table became a daily struggle. The experience sensitised Sarella to the difficulties Covid patients face in arranging nutritious meals, a key aspect of Covid management.
“I realised that so many Covid patients recuperate in isolation or are senior citizens or just too weak to cook. Food is a basic requirement and I wanted to do my bit,” says Sarella. After recovering from Covid, Sarella launched the Future India Foundation and began supplying healthy meals to Covid patients in Vijayawada and nearby towns.
Booking these meals is easy. Covid patients have to dial a number and leave their details; the next day onwards, Sarella and his team leave freshly cooked food at their doorstep till they have tested negative. Bread and jam is offered as breakfast; lunch consists of rice, dal with organic cow ghee, sambar, an additional curry and curd. For dinner, a curry and roti are provided.
Apart from Vijayawada, the free meals are also supplied in nearby Eluru and Jangareddigudem in the state’s West Godavari district. “At first, I was the only person delivering and would prepare the food at home. Soon, some close friends not only joined in but also donated their salaries towards the cause. Now, we get the food cooked at a local restaurant,” says Sarella.
The team does not accept donations and is proud to fund the project on their own. “We are so happy and eager to do this work. Every day, we get excited to see new requests for food. Many people are keen to help during a crisis but are not sure how to. That we are able to help so many people is a wonderful feeling,” says Sarella.
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