The US Consulate General Mumbai collaborates with Chef Vikas Khanna for feeding dabbawalas, TV industry staff

ST Staff
Tuesday, 23 June 2020

U.S. Consulate General, David J. Ranz, will assist in handing over food and other items to support 2,000 dabbawalas and 3,000 television industry staff through CINTAA.

The US Consulate General, in Mumbai, is joining hands with Michelin starred chef Vikas Khanna and starting the #FeedIndia initiative in support of Mumbai's Dabbawalas. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many, who cannot meet their basic needs, including the dabbawalas, those whose livelihood is ensuring Mumbaikars, will get their midday meals.

US Consulate General, David J. Ranz, will assist in handing over food and other items to support 2,000 dabbawalas and 3,000 television industry staff through CINTAA. The total food donation will be of more than 1 lakh kilograms. The event will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency, in Mumbai, on June 26th, 2020. The event will include key dignitaries from the dabbawalla community, along with the CINTAA former President, joining others, who have taken the responsibility of distributing vitally needed meals, on behalf of the community. The event is curated by Maximus Collabs, who has been associated with Chef Vikas Khanna for all major drives under the #FeedIndia campaign.

US Consulate General, David J. Ranz said, "I am immensely proud to be part of such a wonderful campaign, which has brought food and other basic supplies to so many people during this tough time. Chef Vikas Khanna's #FeedIndia initiative is providing vital support to thousands of families in need."

Chef Vikas Khanna said, "I started this initiative two months back and I am glad the US Consulate General has joined us today, so we can reach out to more people. I am very thankful to him for extending and helping dabbawalas and TV industry staff. We hope to work together for this initiative and serve meals to those in need." 

In order to lift the spirits of people, and help them during these tough times, Chef Vikas Khanna started the #FeedIndia movement in April 2020, which so far has been able to benefit people with more than 14+ million meals. The Michelin star chef has distributed meals and food kits across 135 cities including Varanasi, Bengaluru, Mangalore, Kolkata, and Mumbai, among others.

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