World Hunger Day is an initiative formulated by The Hunger Project UK. It focuses on sustainable solutions to tackle hunger prevalent amongst the less fortunate. Out of the world’s total population, 872.3 million people live below the poverty line, out of which 179.6 million people live in India. In other words, as per a 2011 survey, India consists of 17.5% of total world’s population, and contributes to 20.6% of the world’s poverty.
These are some very shocking numbers, but what can we, as citizens of this great nation, do to help curb poverty and hunger? Here are a few tips on how you can do your part to stop hunger on World Hunger Day.
Share some love, feed the poor
Make it a point to occasionally take trips to homeless shelters and offer a helping hand. You need not make a large contribution; just do whatever is possible in your capacity. Perhaps you could offer some extra grain or bread, or if you feel you have surplus cereal, offer the same to these refuge centres. The feeling you get post helping out will be reward enough.
Support or join an NGO
There are many NGOs working hard to curb hunger around the country. But you must understand that it takes a lot of resources and manpower to sustain them, and they could use all the support they get. This World Hunger Day, try helping an NGO by contributing food, clothing or even by offering a simple helping hand where and when possible.
Charity begins at home
This may be a bit of a drastic step for most people, but we think it’s worth mentioning. If possible, invite a less fortunate person to your home, to share a nice wholesome meal with you and your family. Obviously, this is not possible for everyone; but if you think you are up for the challenge, simply go for it! An anonymous friend who does this on a daily basis in Gujarat says, “It is a very unique experience. I live alone, and having company is always welcome in my house. I make new friends every day, and get a varied perspective of how people live their lives. Truly magical!”
Share your dabba!
As the name suggests, why not quite literally, share your dabba? The ‘Share My Dabba’ initiative was founded by the Happy Life Welfare society in collaboration with the well renowned Dabbawallah Foundation. The concept is pretty straightforward yet efficient, albeit requiring scrupulous planning from the volunteers. Whoever would like to share their lunch simply places a sticker on their dabba. The Dabbawallahs then collect the dabbas post lunch and drop them off at a predefined distribution point. Volunteers take over from there, and promptly serve the food to street children and the poor from nearby slums. The Dabbawallahs work like clockwork and hence cannot be kept waiting, hence the entire process from assembling at the distribution point to distributing food usually takes place in a 15-minute window.
“Tonnes of food get wasted every day. That amount of food can feed hundreds of children. That is the potential we are trying to work on,” says Kanupriya Singh, Vice President of the Happy Life Welfare Society.
Here’s a link to that amazing video that’s changing lives one dabba at a time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZC1czZofyY
And if you want to donate the Ranveer Singh way check this out.
What are your plans this World Hunger Day? Do share some of your innovative ideas with us in the comments below.