Chef Saransh Goila and team have transformed their social media accounts to become a database of COVID-meal providers in the nation. Divided state-wise, this list aims to help infected patients avail homemade, nutritious food easily. By Bayar Jain
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Stemming off from what Chef Saransh Goila knows best—food—the butter chicken-loving cook has taken to social media to curate and spread information on COVID-meal providers across the country. In a recent Instagram post, the 34-year-old chef emphasised that the list is meant to help those in need of food, given the current situation. Noting that food is not a luxury, but a necessity, Chef Goila claims that the list will be updated every half hour. Further, to ensure maximum reach, the list is available on his Twitter account as well.
Currently, the ever-growing database lists countless home chefs from Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Assam, and Jharkhand. Each state-wise data is then divided into cities, enlisting information on the chef, area delivered, contact number, hours of delivery, type of service, meals provided, and whether it caters to special COVID-19 diets. To ascertain the authenticity and limit fraudulent listings, each person enlisted on the database is personally verified by the chef’s team. As of April 22 late evening, the chef announced on his Instagram stories that 970 food providers across 46 cities have been listed. He further notes he has over 900 messages pending to be reviewed and verified. Expressing gratitude, he captions, “I possibly can’t thank people enough who’s offering to help and have come forward today. People who have shared large lists or have taken the time from their day to share their experiences or curated lists of food providers they trust and believe in.”
Urging everyone to spread the word and help everyone in need, Chef Goila has made the list publicly accessible. Additionally, one can even call +91 9167659781 or message him on social media to have themselves enlisted in the database.
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