Jul 20
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels
EACH day, seven eye-catching, specially designed vehicles leave a central kitchen in Surat. Branching out their separate ways, each heads towards designated government schools, which they must reach before lunchtime. The vehicles carry piping hot, hygienically prepared food to liberate the children from malnutrition, helping to enhance the learning process.
These mid-day meal vans have been donated by L&T-MHI Power Boilers (LMB) to the Akshaya Patra Foundation. They help the Foundation to sustain its mid-day meal initiative, under the aegis of the Gujarat Government.
The vans were flagged off on 27 April by Mr Srinivas Sirupa (Chief Executive & Whole-time Director – LMB) in the presence of Mr Atik Desai, (VP & Chief Administrative Officer – A M Naik Heavy Engineering Complex, Hazira), Mr R M Hashim (VP & Head of Manufacturing – LMB) and other senior officials of LMB and Akshaya Patra Foundation.
Through these gifts, LMB made its humble contribution to two Sustainable Development Goals – zero hunger and quality education.
Happy, confident children grow up to become independent, sociable adults. To facilitate this delightful outcome, L&T’s A M Naik Heavy Engineering Complex (AMNHEC) at Hazira in Gujarat, organised ‘Rainbow’ summer camps at 23 rural and urban schools.
Organised between 25 April and 26 May, the camps benefitted 1396 disadvantaged students. One of the camps, at Amity School at Limbayat in Surat was inaugurated by Mr Atik Desai (VP & Chief Administrative Officer – AMNHEC) in the presence of Ms Sangita Patil (MLA – Limbayat constituency), Dr Jayant Patel (Head, Environment, Health & Safety – AMNHEC) and Ms Alpa Patel (AGM, CSR – AMNHEC).
True to their name, the camps offered a spectrum of activities – spoken English & personality development, computer basics, drawing & craft, mehndi art, indoor and outdoor games. The activities gave the children an exciting opportunity to explore and learn new skills and become independent and self-confident, while socialising and forging new friendships.
Initiatives like this help uplift underprivileged children by widening their horizons. On the last day of the camp at Mahadev Shastri Vidyalaya at Olpad, L&T volunteers conducted joyous team-building activities for the students. This was followed by awarding of certificates for attending the camps.


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