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End World Hunger This International Food Day!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

On 16th October, the International Food Day, nations and organizations from across the world will meet to target a problem that continues to claim more lives than war – Hunger. We have increased our food production but the menace of hunger and malnutrition continues to persist. If you too are horrified by the growing ranks of famished and homeless people, then you can do your part and help in solving world hunger.

In my experience, I’ve learned that despite the world producing enough food to feed everyone, there are still over 800 million people who suffer from hunger every day. This happens due to various factors, including unequal distribution of resources, poverty, and lack of access to nutritious food. It’s crucial to raise awareness about these issues and support initiatives that address food insecurity to improve the health and well-being of communities worldwide.

End World Hunger This International Food Day! - PharmEasy

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Here are some things you can do –

1. Donate food this world food day –

You may have heard that there are quite a few organisations and student bodies that accept donations of food items that are relatively non-perishable such as grains, oil and certain vegetables and foods. They are then distributed among those who need food. So next time you buy your groceries, purchase a little more than you need and give it away.

Many restaurants and food stores have embraced a new trend. Did you know that restaurants often throw away perfectly good food that was prepared in excess at the end of the day? But many of them have woken up to the fact that it is a dreadful waste especially at a time when there are so many hungry mouths to feed. So they pack up the food and give it away. You can start a volunteer service that collects these food parcels to deliver them to the needy or you can convince your nearest eatery to give away the extra food.

2. Volunteer at soup kitchens –

Every city organises soup kitchens- a place where food, usually one-pot meals like ‘khichdi’, is prepared and then distributed among the impoverished people. You can donate grains, legumes and vegetables. If possible help the organisers prepare the meals.

3. Monetary aid –

You can, of course, donate money to charity organisations that have pledged to end hunger. Every rupee counts for something. Your money will be utilized to buy food for the less privileged. But before you donate, do some thorough background research. There are plenty of sham organisations whose intention is to scam you out of your money.

Over the years, I’ve witnessed a concerning trend where around 2.3 billion people, nearly 29.3% of the world’s population, experienced food insecurity, with 924 million facing severe levels of food insecurity. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue, leading to an increase of 350 million people facing moderate to severe food insecurity.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

4. Become responsible for a hungry family –

Chances are you pass by a destitute family as you travel to and from your house. They might be a family that dwells on the pavement or in a shantytown. While we are not suggesting that you shoulder their monthly dietary expenses, you can help ensure that the children (who are more susceptible to malnutrition) do not go without meals for days. You can buy a kilo of rice/wheat and some vegetables, legumes and soy products for them. Maybe your neighbours will be inspired by you and start donating food to similar families. This is how you can help end hunger locally.

5. Talk to your colleagues –

You can rope in your colleagues to form a group and collect funds and give them to an NGO that delivers food to the needy.

World hunger can be ended only if each one of us wakes up to the fact that we can’t just take but we have to give too. Pledge your support to eradicate hunger this International Food Day.

Also Read: Does Chewing Gum Make You Hungry? The Surprising Science Unveiled

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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