On 24th March, 2020 the Government of India announced national lockdown to fight Corona spread. This caused uncertainty and fear especially among the most vulnerable communities including daily-wage earners, subsistence earners, migrant labourers, rickshaw pullers, single women, old-aged, homeless and differently-abled, etc.
To effectively address the situation, Care Today Fund, an Initiative of India Today Group, partnered with various on field NGOs in several states to provide essential relief to the most vulnerable and needy families. By 29th March, 2020 Care Today Fund, along with its implementing partners were on ground strengthening food security of some of the most vulnerable households. Under the initiative, 58,621 individuals, 1858 children and 80 care givers in 22 cities were provided support so far.
Food rations aimed to support a family of five, in adequate quantity, lasting for about a month were provided as per the preferred food habits of the identified project locations that included rice or wheat flour, different types of pulses, sugar, edible oil, salt, turmeric, chilli and coriander powders, masala/spice packets, Tea leaves, Tamarind (in Andhra Pradesh only), biscuits and milk powder. Personal hygiene items too were provided to the households that included sanitizer, masks, washing powder, floor cleaners and soaps. In addition, fruits, vegetables and masks were also distributed to 1564 Children and their 80 care givers. In addition, Care Today Fund also distributed 350 cooked food packets for two weeks since 29th March, 2020.