Mumbai Roti Bank is a non-profit, hunger relief organisation with the mission to eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Started in December 2017 under the able mentorship of former Director General of Police, Maharashtra, Mr. D. Sivanandhan, our initial objective was to reduce the gap between hunger and the excess food. Initially, we used to pick up excess food from weddings, events, hotels, cafeterias, housing societies and deliver it to thousands of hungry people who live in slums or on the footpath. Everyday, we served beneficiaries which primarily include children and also others who are most in need.
In January 2020, we started our own kitchen to cook freshly cooked nutritious meals for our beneficiaries. In the last five years, Mumbai Roti bank has not only improvised and innovated its operations to reach the neediest and deprived in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) but has also initiated new chapters in Nagpur, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Cuttack. We are striving to fight malnourishment amongst children, especially those marginalised. Our aim is that no one should go hungry!
Registered as a trust ‘Roti Foundation Mumbai’ under Mumbai Public Trust Act, 1950 on 26th April 2018, the Mumbai Roti Bank initiative is driven by its visionaries and enthusiastic team who are all set to scale up the activities significantly.
We function simply by cooking fresh meals in our kitchen and serving it to thousands of hungry people. We serve freshly cooked meals in schools, outside hospitals, destitute homes, educational institutions, cancer centres, in the slums of Mumbai and various other locations. We provide freshly cooked mid-day meals to see that children go to school regularly.
Our meal consists of Dal, Rice, Roti, Vegetable and sometimes a fruit or a sweet.
Having worked as a professor in the University of Madras and being one of India’s most well-known and highly regarded IPS officers, Mr. Sivanandhan retired as the Director General of Police, Maharashtra state in March 2011. He served as Commissioner of Police for Mumbai, Thane and Nagpur for 6 years and 6 years in the Mumbai Crime Branch. He is credited with having broken the back of the underworld that was at its peak. He worked in the Intelligence Bureau and Central Bureau of Investigation for 11 years. 3 years as Deputy Inspector General of Naxal-infested Nagpur area, he helped in controlling Naxal menace to a great extent. He has co-authored a national bestseller ‘Chanakya’s Seven Secrets of Leadership’. He is a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Medal, 2000 as well as the Meritorious Service Medal, 1993 and the Internal Security Medal, 1998. As a mentor to the Mumbai Roti Bank, his vision and ideals have guided us in achieving our vision and helped us in trying to expand our operations.
Mr. Sushil Jiwarajka, a prominent industrialist, is the Chairman of Artheon Group of Companies. He has been appointed as the Hon. Consul General of Greece in Mumbai. He is also the Chairman and Managing Director of Essjay Ericsson Pvt. Ltd, a Joint Venture with LM Ericsson of Sweden. Artheon Group has interests in Telecom, Renewable Energy, Industrial Batteries and E-commerce. He has promoted OMC Power Company Pvt Ltd, which has been providing clean Power using Renewable Energy for telecom sites and rural communities. He has also mentored and nurtured several young entrepreneurs, who are today running successful businesses in hi-tech, clean technologies. He has been a member of several Central and State Government Committees. A keen enthusiast of Indian Film music, Mr. Jiwarajka is associated with several social and cultural organisations.
Mr. Jiwarajka has been invaluable as a trustee to our cause. His insights and business acumen have helped us establish our cause on firm ground.
Prof. Dr. S. Natarajan is a 3rd Generation Ophthalmologist, currently President of All Ocular Trauma Societies in the world, & “a pioneer in Vitreo – Retinal Surgery in India”. He is considered an authority in Vitreo Retinal Surgery in the world and is keenly involved in academics & research for prevention of blindness. For his achievements in the field of medicine and for establishing Aditya Jyot as a leading eye institution in India, he was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards, by President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee in 2013.