500 kilometers from Chennai, in the small town of Erode, is this restaurant, a lifeline to the poorest of the poor who come for treatment at the Erode Government Hospital.
Shri AMV Homely Mess run by Venkatraman serves lunch for a token amount of one rupee to the attendants of the unfortunate patients admitted at the hospital.
Venkatraman, said, "One day a woman from a Government hospital came to buy idlis for Rs 10. Since there were no idlis that day, she went away disappointed. She didn't have extra money to buy something else to feed her ailing husband.
That's when I realized that there are people who actually survive on only Rs 10 a day. While other people waste so much money in unnecessary things.
That's when I decided that I should give food to the needy for one rupee." Tokens are distributed daily to about 30 poor people at the hospital. The token holders then collect their food packets from the restaurant in the afternoon. Customer said, "Venkatraman's Rs 1 lunch scheme has helped a lot of needy people. Nowhere else can we purchase anything for Rs 1 a day." Venkatraman simple scheme has fed thousands of needy people..