India, Oct. 19 -- Running since April, West Bengal's first community kitchen set up during the Covid-19 pandemic entered its 200th day on Sunday with not just young CPI(M) workers, who run it, but members of the civil society and film industry taking part in a small celebration. It is the state's longest-running community kitchen.

Some CPI(M) members opened the kitchen at Jadavpur in south Kolkata to offer free cooked lunch to poor people. It became so popular that around a thousand people visited it every day at the height of the lockdown. It got the name 'Shramajibi Canteen' (canteen of the working class).

Impressed by the turnout, the party decided to work out a viable model. After the lockdown ended, the kitchen started offering coo...