October 21st, 2016
Feeding India #BeAHungerHero Movement
The #BeAHungerHero campaign has made an unforgettable mark on the country. The global movement initiated by Feeding India in association with The Logical Indian has seen an incredible number of people celebrating the joy of sharing food together by donating meals to people in need. Started on 10 October 2016 the movement revolved around encouraging people to donate a meal anytime and anywhere. This is an effort towards a dream of a hunger free country where there is food for all, and people spend their lives doing more than just struggling to find food.
Individuals, schools, corporates, students, food bloggers, celebrity chefs and people from all walks of life came together to spread smiles in these 10 days. People from 48 cities stepped up feeding 6,73,000+ needy in a span of 10 days with several working people continuing to donate food even after the movement. The campaign marked two very important days- World Food Day (16 Oct) and International Chefs Day (20 Oct) with maximum number of meals being donated on these days.
Even though the target of 1 million meals wasn’t achieved, this is a big achievement in comparison to last year’s which saw 1,45,000 meals being served in 5 days. There were so many inspiring stories that were heard too.
“We went to a leprosy center for World Food day. We had packed masala rice and sheera (halwa). The children sat diligently and looked at us as we served. One of the girls opened the packet, and she exclaimed, “Aaaaa” as the hot masala rice’s aroma filled the air. That made us smile and joys like these make us do what we do” – Sejal Maheshwari, donated food in Pune.
Such a campaign keeps the spirit of sharing food going, uniting the masses of our culturally diverse country. However, the harsh reality is that 1.3 million Indian children continue to die of hunger every year instilling a need for long lasting change.
Feeding India Hunger Heroes aim to not work towards the cause but completely eliminate it. To make “Hunger history”, Feeding India is all set to adopt more number of small-scale schools and provide them with nutritious meals on a daily basis. These schools have children whose parents cannot provide 2 meals a day. Feeding India has served 1.6 million meals till date and is planning to make sure the correct people and impacted in hunger-mapped regions of India by its sustainable feeding programs.
“My school is very small and nor recognized by the government, so we never used to get mid-day meals. There are many girls like me here whose parents are not very fond of the idea of going to school. But since the time Feeding India started serving us lunch and snacks on a daily basis, I have seen so many new girls joining the school just because we get nutritious meals. The food keeps us energetic throughout the day and we can study without getting tired.” – Sushila, 8 years, gets food regularly at Feeding India adopted school.
Ankit Kawatra, Hunger hero, Feeding India who was also recently selected as 1 of the world’s 17 UN Young Leader for SDGs said, “This project is very special. We want to feed wholesome meals to kids regularly so they can focus on their education instead of fighting for food, and we hope people will contribute to this cause.”
Let’s not let our efforts against Hunger end with this movement. Let’s continue to help as many as we can throughout the year. YOU can join the cause for food for all here.
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