A boy donates eggs to a community pantry stocked with food items, as part of a sharing scheme in Thailand's southern Narathiwat province on Wednesday. AFP
Volunteers prepare free lunch boxes for low-income communities during the coronavirus in Bangkok. Reuters
Chef Hugs, a local charity, hired 200 chefs and dozens of taxi drivers, many of whom are currently living on very little income, for the 10-day project. Some of the chefs are from renowned restaurants across the city.
People from low-income communities receive free lunch boxes from volunteers in Bangkok. Reuters
"I'm a cook and I don't have work now. I'm in trouble, but I know there are people who are far worse off, so I want to do this for them," said Thanyalak Suttama, preparing trays of ground meat.
All chefs involved in the project are receiving 400 baht ($12) a day, while taxi drivers are earning 300 baht ($9) for transporting the food to 50 low-income communities across Bangkok. Around 4,000 meals are being made each day.
A volunteer prepares free lunch boxes for low-income communities in Bangkok. Reuters
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