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Top ten states by number of people fed during COVID-19 lockdown in India 2020

As of April 2020, in the state of Haryana, free meals were provided to more than 2.96 million people who were stranded due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of these people were migrant laborers and poor people, who were badly affected due to the loss of livelihood. Of these 2.96 million people, the state government provided the food for 75.15 percent, while the rest come from non-governmental organizations. Delhi with 1.34 million was in second place. Delhi and Haryana together made approximately 51 percent of all meals. As of April 2020, in all, 8.42 million people were provided with free food across India since the start of the lockdown.
The country went into lockdown on March 25, 2020, the largest in the world, restricting 1.3 billion people. For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Fact and Figures page.

Leading states by number of free meals provided by the state/NGO during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown in India as of April 2020

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April 2020



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