Million Meal March

The North Texas Food Bank’s Indo-American Council, led by Indian American philanthropists Raj and Anna Asava (left), announced the launching of its Million Meal March campaign, which hopes to raise awareness and funds to benefit the food bank. The Asavas also recently donated $100,000 to the NTFB at a Diwali volunteer day. (photo provided)

North Texas Food Bank Oct. 25 announced that its newly formed Indo-American Council, led by philanthropists Anna and Raj Asava, has launched a Million Meal March campaign.

The campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds to benefit the NTFB. The IAC has a goal of providing access to 1 million nutritious meals via the campaign, the food bank said in a news release.

Since the launch of the IAC in September, the Asavas have recruited a diverse and talented steering committee to build momentum and serve as the driving force behind the council, NTFB said.

Among the members of the council are Manisha and Sanjive Agarwala, Anjali and Vihang Desai, Sejal and Hemang Desai, Veena and Sunil Khiani, Neelam and Prakash Mathrani, and Shailesh Negandhi.

“When we launched the council just a few short weeks ago, we knew that we would get a positive response,” said Raj Asava in a statement. “What we didn’t know was how passionate these advocates would be about the cause of hunger. Launching the Million Meal March is exciting and humbling because we have seen the community rally behind the idea of eradicating hunger in North Texas.”

In addition to serving as the founders of the IAC, the Asavas are also major donors to the initiative, recently presenting a check of $100,000 to the food bank at a Diwali volunteer day at the NTFB warehouse.

“I have known Anna and Raj for many years now, and they bring enthusiasm and passion to everything that they do,” said Anurag Jain, North Texas Food Bank board chair, in a statement. “I love the theme the Million Meal March, because it underscores the collaboration that is necessary to meet the goal. The community is marching together to make sure that our neighbors are fed.”

More information about the campaign and the IAC can be found at

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