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Press release on Food donation by HCI on the occasion of our Independence Day

High Commission of India



                        On the occasion of India’s Independence Day, 15th August 2020, His Excellency Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Canada distributed free hot meals to people living in temporary city shelters and impacted by COVID-19 pandemic without access to proper cooking facilities. He was joined by His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa and Hon’ble Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament from Napean.  The meals were prepared by Chef Joe Thottungal and the distribution was supported by volunteers of Food for Thought Net Cafe, Ottawa.  The meal distribution took place at ‘Thali’ Indian restaurant (located at 136 O’Connor St., Ottawa, K2P 2G7).

                        Due to COVID-19 pandemic this year, India’s Independence Day celebrations, which are usually marked by large gatherings of Indian community and friends of India, have been limited in deference to the public health norms mandated by Canadian authorities.  As a special gesture, the Indian High Commission in Ottawa decided to support the most vulnerable and needy on the occasion by providing them with high quality Indian food.

                        Chef Joe Thottungal is an acclaimed chef who is well-known for his innovative cuisine.  Food for Thought Net Cafe is a recognized community organization working for the welfare of the vulnerable in Ottawa.  In the COVID-19 pandemic they have teamed together to provide hundreds of free hot meals to people living in temporary shelters in Ottawa. 

                        Addressing the gathering the High Commissioner thanked the volunteers and frontline workers who have done inspiring service to the community.  He said that the small gesture on part of the High Commission reflects the cherished Indian ethos of ‘seva’ or service to others. 



15 August 2020