Poverty and hunger go hand in hand…
Around the globe ‘World Hunger Day’ is marked on May 28 but the stark reality is that for one-fourth of Indians, numbering into millions, every day is a hunger day with no means for adequate food or nutrition. Hunger leads to malnutrition which in turn leaves people susceptible to diseases. The situation is particularly poignant in respect of children considering the fact that half of all kids younger than three years old in India weigh too little for their age.
Poverty being the root cause of hunger, eradication of poverty is and should be the medium-term and long-term goal. However, in the interim the short-term goal should be to harness the resources of well-to-do Indians and feed the multitudes so that no adult or child goes to bed hungry. The corporate sector, as a part of their CSR initiatives, is doing its bit but much more needs to be done by them as well as by NGOs and individuals.
In order to serve as an inspiration, we present below in Resources section work being done in various parts of India by organizations and individuals to feed the poor, needy, homeless, the underprivileged and the marginalized.
You too can help in this noble endeavour…
Many of us are pricked by the contrast between our own easy spending and the widespread deprivation around us, but have no idea how to help. You can move from quiet guilt to effective action by helping to combat hunger among the underprivileged and marginalized. Either on your own or by forming a team of like-minded people you can arrange to cook simple meals and distribute them to the needy in your city. You can replicate similar work being done as described in Resources below. For guidance, you can even talk to the do-gooders whose phone numbers are listed.
If a group is already active in your city, you can spare some time for the cause and join them as a volunteer. If that is not possible you can consider donating them needed foodstuffs. Last but not the least, every person likes a pat on his back and you should applaud the Good Samaritans for their selfless work.