A free tiffin service for the elderly - My Take

I decided to start a tiffin service providing free food for the elderly in November 2012. I wanted to reach out to aged people who live alone and do not have any one to look after them.

Today, I provide 50 free tiffin meals a day in Andheri, Mahim, Dahisar and Borivali.

I have the full support of my wife Yvonne who helps out with the daily grocery shopping. Since the food is for the elderly, it is cooked with precaution and we make sure that it’s not too salty or oily.

The food is vegetarian on most days and we provide non-vegetarian food on weekends. On special occasions, we make something different. Like this year on Independence Day, we gave a treat of biryani and payasam.

We have a team that cooks the food and I make sure that I personally supervise the packing of tiffins and deliver them as well. We also give them cakes and flowers on their birthdays.

My biggest reward are the blessings I am showered. Often people offer money but I tell them to donate groceries instead.

God has given me the strength to carry on this good work and I hope to continue with this for years to come.

My wish is to open an ashram for the elderly on the outskirts of the Mumbai city where they can live their life in peace and be cared for.

About the Writer

Mark D'Souza runs a free tiffin service for the elderly in Mumbai. He can be reached at +91 98338 53523.

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