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Free meals filled with love for the needy in Hanoi

Free meals filled with love for the needy in Hanoi

Sunday, August 08, 2021, 10:31 GMT+7
Free meals filled with love for the needy in Hanoi
Two volunteers prepare free meals before handing them down to a delivery team for distribution to poor workers in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

During the social distancing period in Hanoi, a team of teachers and young people spend time cooking and packing around 200 free meals each day to help needy workers survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the sweaty weather in July, many members of the 'Binh An Tro Lai' (Being Peaceful Again) group focused on doing their own tasks, preparing meals for poor workers in Ha Dong District, around nine kilometers away from central Hanoi.

The menu is different from one day to another thanks to the group’s many members being good at cooking, Do Thi Huong said on behalf of the team.

Rice meals are prepared in a class of the group’s members and by the teachers who are teaching in some secondary schools in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Rice meals are prepared in a class of 'Binh An Tro Lai' group members and by the teachers who are teaching in some secondary schools in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Although each meal does not cost very much, just VND25,000 (US$1.09), it is the group’s gift of love and sharing with the impoverished people during the ongoing outbreak.

All the meals are prepared and packed in a class where a teacher, who is the group’s member, taught literature before the pandemic.

'Binh An Tro Lai' has teamed up with 'Than Toc Ha Noi,' a delivery team, and the Hanoi youth union to accelerate the delivery process, thus helping the needy be able to get hot meals as soon as possible.

Cartons filled with free meals have been transported to the entrance of a construction site where the workers live and work in the Ha Dong District. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Cardboard boxes filled with free meals are transported to the entrance of a construction site where workers live and work in Ha Dong District, Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

The group was scheduled to give free meals to the needy laborers until August 7 given Hanoi's movement restrictions to stall viral spread.

According to Nguyen Duc Tien, standing deputy secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union chapter in Hanoi, youth groups have run the program of giving free meals to the poor since the pandemic broke out early last year.

The program has been accelerated significantly since Hanoi was put under the social distancing rules of Directive No. 16 on July 24 to stall COVID-19 infections.

The volunteer groups tried their best to deliver more meals filled with love to poor patients, temporarily unemployed workers, and needy students who were trapped in the city during the pandemic.

A young volunteer helps to deliver rice meals to the needy. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

A young volunteer helps to deliver rice meals to the needy in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Yen, a member of the group, stirs food in a frying pan. She and her husband had to stop selling rice due to the pandemic, so Yen feels happy to use her cooking skills to help others. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Yen, a member of the 'Binh An Tro Lai' group, stirs food in a frying pan. She and her husband had to stop selling rice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Yen feels happy to use her cooking skills to help others. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Tung, a member of the rice delivery team Than Toc Ha Noi, carefully holds every plastic bag wrapping rice meals. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Tung, a member of the 'Than Toc Ha Noi' rice delivery team, carefully tightens every plastic bag wrapping rice meals. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

A worker enjoys a meal that he has received from a kind donor during the pandemic in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

A worker enjoys a meal that he has received from a kind donor during the pandemic in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Every member of the group has been assigned specific tasks when bringing meals to give to the poor. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Every member of the 'Binh An Tro Lai' group is assigned specific tasks when bringing meals to the poor in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

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Kim Thoa - Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre News

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