Globally well known chef Vikas Khanna has everyone wrapped around his finger with his culinary skills. However, his selfless efforts during the National lockdown in India has got him more followers and well wishers than ever. Vikas got a great response when he started the Feed India Campaign, which aimed at providing food to the migrants or those who hit rock bottom with no access to food or daily wage ever since COVID 19 hit the country.
While he continues to feed India, he also decided to celebrate the festival of Rakshabandhan by distributing 3 million sanitary pads to women across the country.
The Michelin Star Chef, has been working relentlessly towards providing hygiene kits as part of the Feed India Campaign and he understands the importance of having access to sanitary napkins for women who are not in a position to buy.
“Accessing hygienic sanitary napkins is the right of every woman. It is the festival of Rakshabandhan and I wanted to ensure that my movement of Feed India meant something special for my sisters around the country. It is a blessing to be able to do something for them today,” he says.
Talking what prompted him to begin distributing pads in the first place, he says, “So, everything was moving step by step and we were distributing food near Varanasi and when one day a lady asked one of the distributors if it is possible that whoever is sending food can also send them hygiene kits. So, we started Hygiene kits and it was all in the spur of the moment. Then somebody guided us that there is a huge demand of sanitary pads. They knew someone who made sanitary pads locally outside of Varanasi. So, we contacted these women and tied up with them which would also help them with livelihood. So we started buying sanitary pads. From there the cycle of sanitary pads started.”
The Feed India initiative, spearheaded by Vikas fed 20 million meals and counting to those stuck on road or difficult situations during the COVID 19 pandemic. When asked how much area he has covered, Vikas says, “On our list we have crossed 135 cities but we realised later that the cities which are close to each other were considered two cities for documentation purposes. To that, add all neighbouring areas where stuff to go. Especially during the quarantine villages where we did not even know the name of the villages and the trucks would be guided by the locals. So, we would cook the food at the gas stations and there were a lot of migrant workers were going to the villages, so if we add that then I have no idea, it would be a much much bigger number.