People get their grocery packs
People get their grocery packs Image Credit: Supplied

One of the things that the global coronavirus pandemic has taught community members is to aid those in greater need than themselves. In Pakistan, where people who’ve contracted COVID-19 numbers more than 1,408, as per the latest World Health Organization figures, the ones who need most help are daily wage earners who are suffering as a result of the stuttering economy and innumerable lockdowns.

Project #StepUp, launched by the Salman Sufi Foundation, connects people to staples they may otherwise not have access to because of a drain in finances caused by lack of income or price gouging or because of unavailability in the market as a result of hoarding.

The foundation has established ties with factory outlets and creates care packages that aim to furnish a family with enough foodstuff for about two weeks. (The number of care packages given to a group depends on the number of its members.)

How it works

• One can send an email to stating who the packages need to be delivered to. A representative will respond, asking for any other additional information needed.

• Individuals may also call or WhatsApp the Foundation’s temporary helpline number at 0301-5469121 for one-on-one communication.

• Once the details have been noted, a ration bag is put together. This bag will have groceries such as oil, flour, masalas.

• The ration bag costs PRK3,000 (Dh66)

What exactly is in the bag?

• 3kg oil/ghee

• 1kg chana dal

• 1kg masoor dal

• 5kg flour

• 3kg rice

• 2 packets Shan masala

• 1kg Tea leaves

• 5kg Sugar

• 1 box of dry milk or 5 litres of milk

How can I help?

Should you decide to contribute, reach out to the foundation at or WhatsApp 0301-5469121.