FOOD SCHEME – 2017  



Season’s Greetings and wishing you and your Family a Very Happy and Prosperous PARSI NEW YEAR.

We are once again approaching all Zoroastrian Brethren  for donation towards the ‘FOOD SCHEME” which we run for old and poor Members of our Community.

While engaging in the holy days of MUKTAD and GATHAS, followed by PATETI and the festival of NAVROZE with our dear ones, let’s remember the less fortunate brethren in our community and lets open our hearts to help them  with two square meals a day, through our Food Scheme.

We are fortunate enough to get good donations past many years, which has helped us run the above Facility for deserving Zoroastrians.

The FOOD SCHEME  is run  by MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST to feed the Old and Poor Infirm of our community, which not only supervises cooking of food, but also delivery of the same to the  community Members are done through Dabbawalas.

There are many old and infirm neglected by the Society, some of them by their own children and Family and are fighting for their survival, who need your attention.  Most of them are frail, weak and bed ridden and do not have  even strength to go to the roadside food stall and depend on their neighbours to bring some food for them to survive.

In this world, very often, the efforts of an individual are not significant enough to make a difference. But collectively, it is possible for a group to do much more than the sum of the individual parts.

We all fortunate Zoroastrians have to ensure that the food scheme continues to operate feeding these deserving members of our community.

Thanks to the munificence and largesse of benevolent individuals and donors we are able to tend to their daily meals. But the demand is much in excess of the Funds generated and hence this appeal. Your generous contribution will help us in reaching out to our poor brethren.

We are a Public Registered Trust registered with the Charity Commissioner under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961. Amongst our Charitable activities is the Food Scheme where the Trust undertakes to feed the old infirm / handicapped and under privileged of our community. This scheme was started as you are aware in January 2003. Your generous donation will enable us to continue to feed the poor and to reach out to a larger section of these not so fortunate within our Community.

When we first started we were supplying meals to ten persons, two meals a day. Today this service is extended to 140 persons in all. As word gets around, more applicants approach us or are referred to us and only after thorough inquiries are the same added to our list of beneficiaries.

The annual expenses for running the Food Scheme has now over shot Rs 30.70 Lakh per year.

Donations over the years have increased due to the foresight of our initial donors who have put the Scheme on the net and also by word of mouth as more people get to hear about this scheme. You will however appreciate that funds are necessary to run this scheme effectively and hence our yearly appeal to you.

The enclosed chart will give you a detailed and latest break up for the Food Scheme, its beneficiaries, their categories and approximate expenditure involved in feeding them.

Our accounts are duly audited and filed with Charity Commissioner and every donor small or big is immediately issued a receipt. Donations of Rs. 5000/- and more are also sent the break up of Food Scheme so that they know how exactly their donation is being utilized.

On behalf of the Trust, I once again appeal to you for your generous support to our Food Scheme.

Your donations can be made by cheque in favour of “MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST”.

Further enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to :    &

Your Donations can be sent to:

Mrs Mithoo Jesia

Jesia  Building,

797 Jam E Jamshed Rd

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E),

Mumbai 400 014

Ph. 2414 9571

Mrs. Tina Patel

623,  Lady Jehangir Rd

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E)

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2415 1354

Mr H N Daruwalla

Sethna  Building

2/689,  Dinshaw Master Rd

Parsi Colony Dadar E

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2411 2330


Kindly give widest possible publicity to this note, by forwarding the same to your family members and Zoroastrian friends to get maximum support to this noble cause.

We have now added a new scheme into our Food Scheme.

We have started a facility now, where in, Donors desiring to donate food on a particular day, (may be a happy occasion in the family, or a remembrance day), can do so.

We will take donation for providing Food on a particular day on behalf of the donor and communicate the Food Scheme beneficiaries about the same.

Hoping to receive favourable response from you,

With Kind Regards

Homi  N Daruwalla





A Old and infirm and poor Zoroastrians who have no one to turn to 70 24,65,820
B Parsee children of J.B. Vachha School for Parsi Girls (Dadar) 9 36,600
C Khandias, Nassesalars and Bungli Staff at Doongerwadi (Breakfast only) 23 to 26 (depending on daily attendance) 2,40,000
D Food grains and provisions (these are given to recipients who are able to cook for their families but are in low income group) 30 2,92,200



Due to inflation the caterers have now increased their rates per meals.

As of 31st Jan 2017,  the cost of feeding one person per month approx.. comes to Rs. 3,500/- depending on the category in which they fall and the caterer providing the meals.



Homi N Daruwalla
Senior Fellow, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
Consulting Engineer, LEED AP


Mob No + 91 98200 94243


One comment

  • Khushroo A. Bharucha

    A scheme which is good and requires support of all those who can help. Thanks for taking up the cause of the poor .

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