Jogesh Yadav, a 52-year-old food vendor in Allahabad, has been giving free food to the differently-abled people who come to his shop since the last four years.
Jogesh Yadav’s son Bobby, who was in Class 9 four years ago, asked his father one day if they could give a dozen or so plates of chhole bhature or sabzi puri to the poor for free every day. Would it make a huge difference in their earnings from the roadside eatery they ran, he asked?
Even though each plate of food they sell costs Rs. 20, Jogesh was so struck by his son’s compassionate request that he decided to start serving free food to the differently-abled who came to his shop.
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Since the, this little food stall located at the Hanuman Temple crossing in Civil Lines, has become a beacon of hope for the many underprivileged disabled people who can now enjoy a filling meal whenever they visit Jogesh’s eatery.
The family feels the joy they experience from doing this good work offsets the monetary losses they face on a daily basis.
“There are many differently-abled people who even pay for their food, saying that they can afford it. But I am yet to find an able-bodied person telling me he would pay even if he was getting free food,” Jogesh said to The Times of India. “I am fortunate that my son came up with this idea or we would’ve been deprived of this bliss,” he added.