Anand Meals was born out of a personal experience. Our younger brother Anand Balachandran was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010. He underwent surgery, radiation and chemo and was declared cancer free. Then 8 years later, the cancer returned and he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks.
In that painful time, we felt how meaningful it was to have the overwhelming support and love of friends. Words cannot express how much their kindness, especially in our time of need, meant to us. After the passing of our brother, the generosity we experienced led us to start this mission of extending kindness and love through food.
In 2019, we adopted a cancer hospital Nagpur, Maharashtra, India (RASHTRA SANT TUKDOJI REGIONAL CANCER HOSPITAL
& RESEARCH CENTRE) to launch Anand Meals. Our volunteers go three times a week to give chai, coffee and snacks to visitors and patients. We also set up a water cooler for patients.
Along with the cancer hospital, Anand Meals started another program to feed the hungry in the streets. Three times a month, we distribute hot meals to those in need. Because of the generosity of our donors, we are able to feed about 150 people every week.