Forty-two year-old Vijay Pathak launched Roti Bank Ranchi to provide home-cooked meals to hundreds of patients waiting to be treated at the government-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences. Since March 2020, just before the pandemic began, the number of people being served has swelled from around 20 to 200. Pathak covers the entire cost of each meal to keep a promise he made to himself. "My father was admitted to RIMS 16 years back. I saw many people sleeping on empty stomach as they did not have any money to buy food. It was then I took a pledge that whenever I become capable I will provide free food," he told The New Indian Express.

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