Food Army sends theplas to flood victims In 2014, the all-women NGO got Mumbaiites to donate 35,000 theplas which were sent to flood-hit Kashmir residents, thus supplementing the efforts of Army.

Members of Food Army sorting thepla packets at founder Rintu Rathod’s house in Santacruz (West) on Wednesday. Photo: Hindustan Times
Members of Food Army sorting thepla packets at founder Rintu Rathod’s house in Santacruz (West) on Wednesday. Photo: HT

We just want them to get a good home-cooked meal,” said Rintu Rathod, founder of Food Army, a charitable group in Mumbai.

At her flat in Santacruz (West), the number of theplas — a spicy Indian flatbread — vastly outnumber the number of people sorting through them on Wednesday evening.

There are 3,371 packets, each containing 25 theplas, to be sent to Gujarat’s flood-hit Banaskantha district. And only 25 people.

Still, they make quick work of the task, scrutinising packets they collected from residents of 41 localities between 8am and 5pm that day.

Theplas that are stale, undercooked or too oily will be distributed among the underprivileged in Mumbai.

The rest will be packed in cartons and sent to Ahmedabad via tempo, where the district collector and her team will distribute them, assisted by the National Disaster Response Force and the Border security force on Thursday evening.

Fore more details, read: Hindustan Times

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