Shree Sundarkand Mitra Mandal, a religious and social organisation, has started serving food only at Rs 20 to COVID patients and their attendants at Bheri Hospital, Nepalgunj.

Cheap price meal has given huge relief to COVID patients and their attendants as they do not have to venture outside searching for food. Mitra Mandal has started serving food at the nominal price in the name of Mata Anjani Rasoi.

"We have started providing food twice a day after the hotels in the surrounding were closed due to the restrictions imposed to contain the COVID spread," said Mitra Mandal's Patron Bijay Gupta.

The organisation has started feeding patients and their attendants in the evening as well. Recently, Nepalgunj sub-metropolis has also decided to provide Rs one lakh per month to the Mitra Mandal for the continuation the programme.

Earlier, the Mitra Mandal used to provide Rs 20 for morning meal and Rs 80 for evening meal. Hundreds of people from various parts of western Nepal visit Bheri Hospital for treatment. The number is increasing by the day due to rising COVID cases.

They have managed to feed 400 people in a day. The meal consists of pulse, rice, and vegetable. Manager Jitendra Bahadur Singh said they had been serving hygienic food.

Nepalgunj sub-metropolis Mayor Dhawal Shumsher Rana said that his office would provide every possible support for the social work.

Mitra Mandal's Spokesperson Bimal Chand said that various organisations and individuals had been providing them with cash and food to support their campaign.

A version of this article appears in the print on May 22, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.