According to Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) 2019 report on the current state of food security and nutrition in the world, 194.4 million people are undernourished in India.
That’s 14.5% of the population.
And that’s not all. The report further states that 37.9% of children under five years of age have stunted height, while 20.8% of them are severely underweight. Moreover, 51.4% of women between 15-49 years of age (i.e. of reproductive age) are anaemic.
All of these numbers are directly linked to undernourishment – which also puts children and women at greater risk of illnesses like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Yet, India’s growth in terms of agricultural output and industrial development has been phenomenal. Foodgrain production has nearly doubled over the last two decades, while the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and per capita consumption has increased 4.5 times and 3 times respectively. There’s enough food produced for the entire population.
Then in an age of abundance, why do so many millions go hungry?
The simple answer is food wastage. According to the United Nations Development Programme, up to 40% of the food (of INR 50,000 crores) produced in India is wasted every year.
This happens largely due to substandard storage facilities (despite we have 50% fewer facilities than storage requirements), wastage & spillage during transportation, delay in food processing. Much of India’s food production never ends up reaching the tables of those who need it the most.
While we may not be able to reduce food lost during production, but we can certainly reduce wastage at a personal level. During weddings, social functions, in hotels and even home we waste so much food. Our street and garbage bins are proof of this.
But it doesn’t have to remain that way. No one deserves to stay hungry, no matter how old or young they are.
At Letsallhelp.org, we have created an online platform that fulfills the basic food and hygiene needs of orphanages, old-age shelters and unaided schools across India.
We follow a simple model. What you donate is what they get - 100%. Select a cause you care about and donate the food and hygiene items to the beneficiary. Our transparent process make it easy for you to track the status of the delivery and ensure your contribution reaches to the needy.
So, why should you donate to this – or any – cause?
Simple – it feels good.
- It feels good to know that you helped an orphanage go to sleep tonight with full stomach.
- It feels good to know that an old-age home got their share of rice tonight because of you.
- It feels good to know that you saved an HIV patient from begging for his dinner.
And we could all do with feeling good, especially when it helps a noble cause. Let’s come together to build a better India where no one sleeps hungry and is not deprived of basic hygiene needs.