Three hundred needy families received free groceries from a distribution camp on the Park Street campus of St Xavier’s on Tuesday.
The beneficiaries were families of the underprivileged students and non-teaching staff of St Xavier’s school, college and hostel.
Each kit contained 3kg rice, 2kg each of wheat and potato, 1kg onions, a litre of oil and sanitisers and masks.
The aid was jointly organised by the St Xavier’s School Old Boys’ Association and St Xavier’s College Calcutta Alumni Association.
“We the Jesuits, believe in sharing and have a concern and commitment for others, especially the needy and challenged. We have first generation learners in the college and school, and many more who study with 100 per cent scholarships. They come from weaker sections of society. We consider it our duty to stand by them in these trying times,” said Father Dominic Savio, the principal of the college.
The distribution began at 9am and went on till. The items were handed over by priests, including Father Savio.
The school and college alumni associations had earlier donated Rs 40 lakh to the chief minister’s relief fund and distributed free groceries to needy families in the nearby areas and protective gear to frontline healthcare professionals.