With a mission that ‘nobody should go hungry’, the Kerala government announced on Friday that it will be providing free food kits to families and migrant labourers in the state when complete lockdown will start from May 8 to May 16.
The free food kits will be distributed for all families and guest workers. Food will be delivered to the needy from People's Restaurants and Community Kitchens through Local Self Government Institutions.
In Kerala, the government has also shut down toddy shops and wayside eateries. Restaurants are allowed to open from 7 am to 7 pm only for home delivery and parcel of cooked food.
The grocery and other essential items including food kits to people started from April 2020 when the pandemic first broke out. It was stopped for a few months in between, but the kits were occasionally provided to families as well as to school students who were entitled to mid-day meals.
Until March 2021, over 87 lakh families in the state were given the food kits which had essential grocery items required for a family for a month. Including rice, pulses, oil, masalas and soaps, the food kit with 17 items was well received.
Meanwhile, Kerala registered 38,460 COVID-19 infections and 54 deaths on Friday, taking the overall tally to 18.24 lakh and the toll to 5,682. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 4,02,650.