Hunger, in particular, is a persistent issue. You read about and on occasion, even witness people eating food off garbage bins for instance. 20 Crore Indians are undernourished. 48% of women of reproductive age and 59% of children under 5 are anaemic. Three out of ten children under the age of 5 are underweight and 4 out of ten are stunted. The Global Hunger Index, 2017 published by International Food Policy Research Institute places India 100th in a list of 119 countries and classifies our country under ‘serious concern’ category. The rank is worse than nearly all of our neighbours including China (29), Nepal (72), Myanmar (77), Sri Lanka (84) and Bangladesh (88), except for Pakistan (106). The report estimates that at current levels of reduction in hunger, by 2030, India is still likely to have ‘moderate’ to ‘alarming’ levels of hunger. There is little that is being done to address the challenge of chronic hunger, especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Some of us have personally cooked and donated food a few times, but the food we have had was inevitably inadequate. Moreover, while it helped assuage our conscience a little bit, we did understand that what we were doing was a drop in the ocean, at best. That was when we became aware of food banks and soup kitchens in the western world. We needed something similar, but at much larger scale, here in India. That is how the idea for Project Annadanam took shape.
The funds we request would go towards costs of buying a van and altering it for food distribution, and operational costs for the pilot period as well as for an extended period of three months after the pilot. The detailed allocation of estimated costs is provided below:
|SL No||Cost head||Amount|
|2||Salaries (for van driver and one staff for six months)||140,000|
|3||Food purchase cost (estimated for 100 meals a day at Rs.25 per meal for six months)||400,000|
|4||Food packaging cost (estimated for 100 meals a day at Rs.5 per meal for six months)||78,000|
Project Annadanam is a project initiated by Rozi Roti Foundation, a registered section 8 non-profit. The foundation is promoted by a group of professionals who have been involved in various aspects of international development.