ISKCON Food Relief Foundation to launch #ZeroHungerHaryana Campaign
Gurugram / Delhi, October 16, 2017: The recently announced Global Hunger Index (GHI-2017) is nothing less than an alarm bell for India. The country ranked 97 in GHI-2016, but has slipped to 100 this year. Concerned about the declining rank, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana Chapter, has decided to launch an extensive campaign to fight hunger.
Asper Haryana government’s Vision 2030 Document, released recently by chiefminister ML Khattar, hunger eradication from the state is one of its foremostgoals. In-keeping with the state government’s vision, the foundation is tolaunch the campaign #ZeroHungerHaryana. The campaign aims at eradicating hungerfrom the state of Haryana. The vision is to make it India’s first state to befree of hunger.
Thecampaign will bring together the government, corporate houses, MNCs, startups,celebrities, activists and volunteers in support of the cause. United with themission to eradicate hunger, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation Haryana will work toenhance its kitchen capacity and reach so as to provide nutritious meals tomore and more people.
Talkingabout the hunger index, Dhananjay Krishna Das, Vice Chairman, ISKCON FoodRelief Foundation, Haryana said, “GHI measures hunger not as lack of food butin terms of nutrition. The index has different parameters likeunder-nourishment (insufficient food or calorie intake), child wasting, childstunting and child mortality. We should not misinterpret the fall in rank asrise in starvation. It’s all about a complete, nutritious meal. We will do allthat we can with our given resources to help beat hunger in the state.”
Thefood distribution system has improved and poverty is on decline. But studiesshow that food subsidy and monetary benefits don’t reflect in nutritionmeasured by per capita calorie intake, per capita protein intake, and percapita fat intake. There is a huge population that keeps complete nutrition onleast priority and sticks to eating only to kill hunger. That’s one reason whydirect benefit transfers are not recommended as replacement of meal programs. Thewar against malnutrition and hunger has to be fought on multiple fronts: bettergovernance of nutrition-focussed schemes for children and mothers, improvingaccess to safe drinking water and sanitation, and better access to healthservices for the poor.
Growth-stalled state of Haryana
Didyou know: 34% of children under 5 years of age are presently stunted (heightfor age), 29.4% are underweight (weight for age) and 21.2% are wasted (weightfor height)? In last 10 years, the percentage of wasted children in Haryana hasincreased by 2.2% and the proportion of severely wasted children has increasedfrom 5% to 9%.
Haryanafaces a challenge given that WHO considers poor nutrition the single mostimportant threat to world health. Malnutrition also compounds issues related topoverty, trapping individuals in its vicious cycle. “Ourvision is to ensure zero malnutrition amongst children and adequate, and safeand nutritious food for all residents of Haryana, particularly women ofreproductive age, children and extra-vulnerable populations,” added Dhananjay.
Currently,the ISKCON Food Relief Foundation is serving more than 3,50,000 healthy mealsevery day in more than 2500 schools of Haryana under mid-day meal scheme.