World Food Day celebrated annually on October 16th is a “day of action dedicated to tackling global hunger” (source: www.greeningtheblue.org).
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this year citizens of the world are called upon to take action and make healthy and sustainable diets accessible to everyone. Achieving #ZeroHunger, is not only about addressing hunger but also to encourage everyone to start thinking seriously about what we eat simply because “we are what we eat”! (Healthy diets for a #ZeroHunger World).
It is reported that in both developed and also low-income countries, hunger and obesity often co-exist. Now, over 670 million adults and 120 million girls and boys (5-19 years) are obese, and over 40 million children under 5 are overweight, while over 820 million people suffer from hunger.
On the local front, we feature several Malaysian NGOs striving to eradicate hunger and provide access to nutritious meals to the needy.
3. Charity Right Malaysia
As part of a food rescue initiative under Mercy Mission Malaysia in 2012, Charity Right initially sought to rescue excessive food from eateries for distribution to the homeless around the Klang Valley area.
Since 2017, their new mission, ‘Feed To Educate’, aims to provide “low-income families with monthly supplies of raw and canned food for a whole year. The supplied foods are meant to offset any expenses needed by the family to send their children to school.” Reviews and feedback reveal that the programme has made a positive impact in reducing absenteeism amongst the students from impoverished families.