Hands for Humanity - Joining Hands to help people in need with essential supplies

5 June 2020

At a time, when the Covid-19 pandemic severely affected the lives of people around the world and left thousands of poor people hungry, the world cried out for solidarity, dignity and empathy. GMR Varalakshmi Foundation (GMRVF), the CSR arm of GMR Group that develops social infrastructure and enhances the quality of lives of communities, felt the need to feed the needy. With this view, GMRVF joined hands with 92.7 Big FM and Delhi Police (Central District) to initiate a unique 10-days long campaign- Hands for Humanity - to reach out to more than 1000 vulnerable families (of labourers, migrant workers and others living below the poverty line) in Delhi and distribute dry rations to them that would take care of their two square meals for at least 7 to 10 days.

The Group’s prime motto of connecting and strengthening communities, inspiring and empowering them is as vital in this time of crisis as ever. And, aligned with this belief, Hands for Humanity campaign was encouraged with the idea that while we might not be able to shake hands, we can definitely join hands in helping those in need. 1000 packets of dry rations - each consisting of 5 kg rice, 5 kg aata, 1 kg sugar, 2 kg daal, 1 litre oil, salt and masala - were distributed for 10 days at 9 locations. With rising temperature of the city, chances of cooked food getting staled is high hence, the idea of distributing dry ration came into being. Through this initiative, we reached out to more and more needy people within a short span of time and providing them with food supplies for the next 7-10 days.

Hygenically packed food supplies at GMRVF office

Food distribution in process with full adherence to social distancing norms

Pre-arrangements of food-distribution being done by GMRVF volunteers

Hands for Humanity Van at its service

Delhi Police, central district officials contributing their bit

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Areas covered during the campaign:

Patel Nagar

Anand Parbat

Ranjit Nagar

Karol Bag

Rajender Nagar


DBG road


IP estate

While, GMRVF assumed the responsibility for arranging and providing the food, Big FM mobilized public support to identify pockets where food is required during these tough times. And, Delhi Police facilitated orderly distribution.

Cleaning staff staying up amid COVID-19 scare

  • Only 2 volunteers from GMRVF with proper guidance about use of masks, caps, sanitization and social distancing were sent for on-site distribution.
  • All the food packets were hygienically packed and sealed before going out for distribution
  • Delhi Police officials at the site ensured an orderly management of food distribution with all norms of social distancing and sanitization being adequately followed.
  • To minimise human-touch, the packets were laid on the table and people after getting their hands sanitized were taking their respective packets from there.