PM to expand Ehsaas truck kitchen service to three more cities

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20th Aug, 2021. 03:07 pm
Prime Minister

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will announce expansion of “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye” initiative to three more cities, Multan, Gujranwala and Lahore, with an aim to eliminate hunger from the country.

The initiative is about distributing cooked meals at designated delivery points to the people in need, especially labourers, daily wage earners, women and children who cannot access the Ehsaas Langar sites in industrial zones and bus stations.

The prime minister, at an event to be held at the Prime Minister House, will also launch four food trucks that will serve free food to daily-wage earners across the cities of Multan, Gujranwala and Lahore.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Welfare Senator Dr Sania Nishtar and Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal managing director Malik Zaheer Abbas Khokhar will brief the prime minister on the expansion plan of the free food service.

The Ehsaas is already running 12 trucks in five cities. With the addition of four trucks under the expansion plan, the total number of such vehicles will be increased to 16.

By October, the “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye” operations will be expanded to all the four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan with the overall fleet of 40 food trucks in 29 cities that will feed 40,000 people every day and 1.46 million people annually.

Under the programme, the distribution of free food helps the poor save their hard-earned earnings for their families.

Each truck feeds 1,000 to 1,500 people daily on specified service points, twice a day and seven days a week.

Designed to serve healthy meals, the truck kitchens are well-equipped with safe cooking appliances. The meals are cooked, stored and served from a truck kitchen. To-date, 831,625 meals have been served across Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Islamabad.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had declared his resolve for the year 2021 that a programme would be introduced to make sure that no one goes to bed hungry.

On March 10, the “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye” was officially launched by the prime minister to serve free meals to the deserving population in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Centered on lessons from the initial phase, the innovative “Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye” programme is now being up-scaled phase-wise to other cities.

Sitting under the Ehsaas umbrella, this programme runs through a public-private partnership; whereby, Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal is responsible for the operations of the food trucks and Saylani Welfare International Trust provides the meals.

To solicit public donations for the expansion of the programme, “Ehsaas Koye Bhooka Na Soye Fund” had already been established by the prime minister. The public can deposit donations in cash or through a crossed cheque in favour of “Ehsaas Koye Bhooka Na Soye” through branches of any of the commercial banks operating across the country.

The contributions can also be made at field offices of the State Bank of Pakistan Banking Services Cooperation in 15 cities across the country.

Overseas Pakistanis can also send their donations to any commercial bank in Pakistan using the account details given at the bank websites.

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