Feeding the hungry
The Sanggam provides basic food for the poor and hungry. This consists of rice, sambar (dhall curry), rassam (spicy soup) and whey. Everyone is fed until satisfaction once a day. At the centre in Ongkarakudil, Thuraiyur, about 1,500 to 2,000 people are fed daily. The Sanggam also has a centre about 7 km away at the foot of the Perumal Hill. This lies at the outskirts of Thuraiyur town where many old and homeless people live. Everyday about 2,000 people are given food here.
The Sanggam also extends its help to villages in about 50 km radius, providing food packets. These packets consists of tamarind rice, lemon rice, curd rice, vegetable rice or tomato rice. They are prepared at the Ongarakudil centre and are delivered to their destinations using lorries. This helps poor farmers, labourers and cattle herds to regain their strengths and to continue with their work.
For all these about 2,000 kg of rice are cooked everyday. [But when funds are insufficient, the quantity is reduced thus some of the services are stopped]. The Sri Agathiar Sanmaarga Charitable Trust also has branches at various places in the Tamilnadu State. Here the volunteers also cook and distribute food on daily or weekly basis depending on the financial situation.