A community kitchen in a Bengal village is providing food to tribals during lockdown


Tribal women sit under Sal trees with their lunch boxes | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint


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Huchukpur, Mohammad Bazar, West Bengal: A community kitchen in a tribal village in West Bengal has been providing food to tribals and migrant workers in the area. Before the pandemic-induced lockdowns, tribals in Huchukpur village would travel to nearby areas for work. But most of them do not have any job now.

A part of the school for the tribal kids has been converted into a kitchen, which runs through crowdfunding. It provides food to around 250 villagers. People start to queue up at noon. The menu on most of the days is rice, dal, mixed veg, and eggs.

At least three such kitchens are being run in the area, where villages are primarily engaged in mining and stone quarrying activities.

ThePrint’s Manisha Mondal brings you pictures from this tiny kitchen in the village, surrounded by Sal trees on both sides.

The country side has scorching sun as well as humidity. The women sit in the shade of the hut while waiting for food distribution | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women sit under the shade of the hut as they wait for food | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The hut is a school that is now being used as community kitchen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The hut, once part of a school for tribal kids, is now being used as a community kitchen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Before reaching the centre, everyone makes sure they are wearing masks | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Before reaching the community centre, everyone makes sure they are wearing masks | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Kitchen starts serving food around 1:30 | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
The kitchen starts serving food around noon | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
After filling the lunch boxes, group of women walk across the field towards their home | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women carrying food walk towards their homes | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman carries her meal to home | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman with a bowl of rice and dal | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Most who queued up for food are women with their children | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Women seen waiting outside the community kitchen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman carries the tiffin on her head and her daughter in her arms | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A woman carries bowl of food on her head | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Villagers stand in queue| Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
Villagers stand in a queue as they wait to collect food from the community kitchen | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A girl run across the field carrying lunchbox | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint
A girl carrying a lunchbox runs across the field | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

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