Did you think of the ones who do not get two meals a day, the last time you fussed about the taste of your food? Did you feel guilty the last time you threw away the extra food that was lying in your refrigerator for days? Did you feel bad when you left food unfinished at the restaurant?
India,the second most populous country in the world has the largest hungry population in the world.Almost 20% of our people go to bed without sufficient and nutritious food every day.3,000 children in India die every day,the cause being some or the other poor diet related illness. 50% of India‚Äôs children are chronically malnourished and close to 1.3 million of these die every year. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS,Malaria and Tuberculosis combined.We have more mouths than we can feed, we say.That‚Äôs not entirely true. 40% of food goes waste in India. Food worth Rs. 58,000 crores is wasted on a yearly basis.This wasted food is enough to feed more than 40% of the poor.
In a situation like this, there is a need for awareness among people.People need to be made aware of the need to avoid wastage and the need to give food to the needy.
In order to spread such awareness,several initiatives have been taken,the most recent being the ‚ÄòA Plateful of Hope‚Äô campaign. ‘A Plateful of Hope’ is a campaign started by a few students of Kamala Nehru College meant to raise awareness about the need to stop food wastage.
The campaign aims to end the hunger game for the poor by making people support the cause and donate food by avoiding food wastage.A simple yet effective initiative,the campaign is indeed a good start and a big step into bringing about a change in India‚Äôs figures of hunger and poverty.
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While you sit back to enjoy a plate full of food,take a pledge to at least share a plate full of hope for the ones who aren‚Äôt as privileged as you!