Meals to Homeless

One in six people in America face hunger but 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year that is worth $165 billion. All of this uneaten food could feed up to 25 million Americans.

Lunch On Me is a Los Angeles based non- profit dedicated to ending starvation in LA’s homeless community. Founded by Larayia Gaston LOM brings nutritious and organic meals six days a week to 10,000 people a month. Volunteers play an integral role in food pickups to food redistribution. Organic food that would otherwise be wasted is redistributed and delicious quality meals re-created.

With the help of various partners and affiliates, LOM has grown from serving 500 meals a month to 10,000. TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash joined the movement as an Executive Sponsor and has been feeding LA’s homeless people. Ravi Prakash Foundation founded in 2017 is committed for making a change in society by supporting the cause of education and health.

As part of its corporate social responsibility TV9 channel has always supported numerous causes over the years. TV9 believes in the emancipation of the homeless. Through the telecast of stories and promos in the US time band TV9 has been bringing forth stories of how the Indian Telugu diaspora in the US has been providing shelter and feeding the homeless through donations.

Lunch On Me not only provides free meals but also opportunities to enrich the mind, body, and spirit by organizing weekly yoga healing classes for homeless men and women.

Sanjivanithon : TV9 Initiative for a better society

History was created on 24th June 2018 for the first time on Telugu News Television. In less than a span of four hours a sum of thirteen crores was collected. An appeal was made by Siliconandhra in collaboration with TV9 to the people of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to support an upcoming multi speciality hospital Sanjivani in Kuchipudi village. Sanjivani multi speciality hospital is a non-profit venture where some of the best doctors from India and US will offer their services.
Kuchipudi is a village in Movva Mandal, Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh world renowned for the ancient Kuchipudi dance form. The village has no roads and schools and has been neglected by successive governments since independence. This was before Siliconandhra adopted Kuchipudi. Today roads have been laid, people’s basic needs have been met and developmental works taken up.
In collaboration with Siliconandhra TV9 telecast Sanjivanithon fund raising event
LIVE for four hours and collections poured in from three different centres – Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Kuchipudi. Hordes of people went to see the hospital building under construction. Many of them; from the poorest of poor to the richest of the rich contributed. From a mere hundred rupees to a few crores donations came in for the philanthropic cause.


TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash Foundation supports TEAM Aid

Whether it was Indian students unfortunate deaths in road accidents, Universities leaving Indian students in the lurch or when Indian women faced domestic violence it was the one phone call they made to TEAM Square that came to their aid. TEAM Square offered help to hundreds of Telugu NRIs in the USA.
TEAM square was a non-profit organization started by Telugu NRI Mohan Nannapaneni twenty years ago. It began its activities with 200 volunteers and 6,000 members. Today it is purely a voluntary organisation and works just like any International Red Cross or
Salvation Army.
Team Square has been renamed as TEAM Aid and has expanded its services to
every Indian regardless of caste, creed and language. TEAM Aid offers services
in America and Canada. TEAM Aid had sought collaboration with other national
and international organizations in fifty States of North America and the
response had been encouraging.
In New Jersey on 10th April 2018 forty organizations partnered with TEAM Aid. The website was launched at the event for people to register as volunteers. TV9 CEO Ravi Prakash was the Chief Guest for this event and also at Bay Area’s Siliconandhra University event on 5th June 2018 where thirty Indian organizations partnered with TEAM Aid which included a Malayali, Sikh and Marwadi Association.
Ravi Prakash Foundation has decided to support TEAM Aid. Mr. Ravi Prakash
strongly believed that Indian community in the US under TEAM Aid is one large extended family. TV9 Telugu channel has been promoting TEAM Aid phone
numbers and its activities vigorously in American time band.
As part of its Corporate social responsibility TV9 channel has always supported numerous causes over the years. Additionally Ravi Prakash Foundation was founded in 2017 to further his commitment and passion for making change in society by supporting the cause of education and health. Today Ravi Prakash Foundation is  undertaking philanthropic activities in these areas.



TV9 Public Service Messages

Media forms an integral part of everyone’s lives. Media plays the noteworthy job of letting the masses know what is happening round the world and that too within minutes of the outbreak.
As part of its motto for a better society and unlike other media houses TV9 takes up around 30 social causes every year free of cost. It also does numerous public service messages to create awareness on social, political, economic problems in country. Some of its recent campaigns have been against poorly maintained government hospitals and corruption by staff who extort money from the poor.
To create awareness that superstitions are a bane for the society and unscientific, many public service messages have been made by the channel to create awareness against such issues. In this issue TV9 did an investigation into tribal hamlets where people felt that they were attacked by ghosts in the night. Through consistent reporting and working with local tribals it was proved that men were under delusion due to alcohol, chloroform adulteration of toddy.
Another public service campaign has been against honour killings of intercaste married couples. Not only did TV9 run campaigns and aired promos to create awareness, but also did a full fledged show called Veli Prema to highlight issues that inter caste married couples face.
In times of natural crisis TV9 has been forthcoming in spreading public service messages especially in climate issues like cyclone and thunderstorm strikes. A significant part of TV9’s content has been supporting social causes and creating awareness  campaigns. The channel which started in 2004 with network channels in four important states of the country has always taken its corporate social responsibility and its motto for a better society seriously. Some of the other public service messages have been against violence in schools, gender violence, child abuse, domestic violence etc.




TV9 Campaign for Tribal Education

While India is described as an emerging world leader, the future generations are not nurtured or educated to face the challenges. Education among tribal children in parts of Visakhapatnam is at the lowest even after 70 years of Independence. Araku valley known as a nature’s bounty with cool climate and also a tourist hub is located in Visakhapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh. It boasts of a population of tribals who have a lifestyle and a language of their own. They hunt and gather forest produce like honey. The government schools that followed Multi lingual system once educated children. All that was discontinued after 2011 and the tribal children today do not go to schools in Araku valley. Girls look after their siblings after their parents go to work. They do not attend any school as nothing interests them anymore because the medium of teaching is
not in their local language.

TV9 took up a campaign where a senior reporter/ anchor was stationed in the tribal hamlets for many days. The anchor reported about how today there are eight thousand school drop outs. And with the help of a Balabadi volunteer she also visited a success school  run by Kiran Chukkapalli. Kiran and his team taught through song and dance. Local volunteers were trained as teachers and it is they who brought children to school. Children were taught alphabets in local language and gradually Telugu and English were introduced. Few children spoke flawless English.

TV9 campaigned consistently showing these two contrasting stories to campaign for education as a right to tribal children.