Saturday, 23 May 2015

Partner with Akshaya Patra on World Hunger Day

World Hunger Day is observed to spread awareness about the debilitating effects of hunger across the world. World Hunger Day also provides a platform to welcome participation and support from each nation globally to eradicate hunger and poverty. There has been a 39% drop in Global Hunger Index (GHI) score for developing countries as compared to year 1990. Yet, an approximate of 805 million of the total world population is in the clutches of various hunger adversities. Taking a look at Indian scenario, the classification of hunger situation has changed from ‘alarming’ to ‘serious’ as its GHI score has indicated eight place improvement in 2014 with the ranking of 55th out of 76 countries. The improved ranking is a result of collective initiatives taken by the Government along with Non-Governmental Organisations as its implementing partners. Some of the initiatives are agriculture and farmer oriented schemes to improve productivity, reduce vulnerabilities and also to be cost-effective. Implementation of various food based schemes like Mid-Day Meal Scheme (MDMS), Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) and Targeted Public Distribution System has also contributed to the improvement.

Yet, India has a large population of approximately 243 million adolescents who are aged between 10-19 years that suffer from hunger effects like anaemia, according to a UNICEF study. The access to food cannot be solely related to economic and social inequality because the issue of food wastage is alarmingly high across the nation. In 2014, The Hindu, a newspaper publication reported wastage of 1.94 lakh metric tonnes food grains between 2005 and 2013. Poor storage facilities, improper channelizing of food grains and wastage from households and lavish celebrations are some of the factors leading to food wastage. During such a scenario, food based scheme like the Mid-Day Meal Scheme acts a breather for at least those children who study in Government schools.

The MDMS is being implemented by various NGOs in partnership with the Government. The Akshaya Patra Foundation is one such NGO. The Akshaya Patra mid-day meal is benefitting over 1.4 million children across the country. Witnessing the positive effects, the NGO aims at expanding its reach in addition to the already 23 operating locations. Akshaya Patra mid-day meal is a wholesome meal prepared in a hygienic and clean environment which also caters to local palate by keeping intact the nutritional values of the prepared meal.

On this World Hunger Day that will be observed on 28th May, lets together pledge and work towards a zero hunger society. Get Involved will help you choose how you can partner with Akshaya Patra in providing nutritious mid-day mealJoin with us this World Hunger Day 2015 to ‘Do something great’ and end classroom hunger in India! Donate now!

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