Once Starving & Homeless, Shivam Now Gives Free Food To Hundreds Of Helpless People
Shivam Soni started Hunger Langar to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get healthy meals. He needs your help to feed hundreds amid this pandemic.
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Shivam Soni is no stranger to pain and hardship. He went through one of the lowest points in his life in 2020 when mounting debt and the Covid-19 pandemic left him completely helpless. He was depressed, suicidal and didn’t know what was in store for him next.
“I dropped out of engineering college in 2016 and started a small restaurant called Street 16 in my hometown, Sikand, Madhya Pradesh. I had borrowed money from my friends to open the restaurant, but in 2018 I got diagnosed with a skin disease and everything changed then. I couldn’t be near food for health and safety reasons, and I had to keep going to the doctor for treatment. I then had no option to close my restaurant in 2020.” - Shivam Soni
Shivam was 18 lakh in debt, with no way to pay even a single rupee back. He decided to run away to Indore, leaving his family with a suicide note. However, fate had other plans for him. Today, Shivam is helping hundreds who have suffered through hunger just like him. And his journey has just begun.
The Beginning Of Hunger Langar
Shivam reached Indore with only Rs. 500 at hand and survived on biscuits, and slept in railway stations, bus stations, government hospitals and even on the streets. He relied on the langar’s (community kitchen of a gurdwara) for his daily meals and somehow managed to get a job as a security guard after days and days of going hungry. After working hard and saving as much as he could, Shivam decided to help all those who have struggled just like him.
“I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through. I’ve spent so many nights without food, not knowing if I'll even make it to the next day...no one else deserves that. There are so many people going hungry, and I want to do everything I can to help them.”
Inspired by the food served to him at the gurdwara, Shivam started Hunger Langar in November 2020. Here, he sells briyani vada pav, medu vada and masala dosa for Rs. 10 and a vegetarian thali for Rs. 30. However, for those who cannot afford the food, he gives it to them for free.
The Challenges Of The Pandemic
The pandemic had already nearly destroyed Shivam’s life once, and with the second wave this year, countless people were left with nothing. Shivam decided to take his mission a step further amid this crisis, and started a weekly free food drive where he ensures at least 200 people are given fresh and healthy food.
“I know the value of food, it’s one of the most important things right now. Through this free food drive I want to give people the hope they so badly need right now. I survived because of the kindness of langars, I want to do the same for others. However, I can’t do it alone anymore.”
Shivam now needs your help to get grocery kits so that he can continue his free food drive and feed more people.
How You Can Help
With your support, Shivam can get enough grocery kits to cook healthy meals for hundreds more. Shivam has been feeding 200 people for free so far, and your contributions can ensure he feeds hundreds more. You can help him continue his mission of feeding the helpless.
About Hunger Langar: Started by Shivam Soni in 2020, Hunger Langar in Indore serves healthy meals at just Rs. 10 or for free for those who can’t afford it. Shivam’s life was nearly destroyed by the pandemic, leaving him starving and hopeless, and with Hunger Langar, he wants to ensure no one else goes hungry again. Location: Indore Note: All the donations towards this campaign is eligible for Indian Tax Exemption.
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