India, a developing nation with a population of 1.3 billion faces some serious problems, out of which one of the major problem is Hunger. Despite the fact that India’s growth in Industrial and Economic Sectors is phenomenal still it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children. In 2017, India was ranked at 100th position in Global Hunger Index out of 119 countries which is three positions below than its rank in 2016.
India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world. Although everyone is aware of the fact but the figures below clearly show the real situation of the country in terms of hunger,
- 14.5% of our population is undernourished
- 190.7million people go hungry everyday
- 21.0% of children under 5 are underweight
- 38.4% of children under 5 years of age are stunted
- 3,000 children in India die every day from poor diet related illness
Common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria affect malnourished children quickly and they have a higher risk of death from these diseases. Government has taken many initiatives for the upliftment of children as well as women in India. They have implemented schemes like Mid Day Meal Scheme, Annapurna Scheme for senior citizens,etc. For the betterment of the society, children specifically ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) has also taken a step forward towards this initiative.
ISKCON Food Relief Foundation organises Mid-Day Meal Programmes in various government schools and provide nutritious food to school going children. This initiative is taken by IFRF in order to curb hunger and starvation in India so that no child dies of hunger or malnourishment. The aim of this project is to rescue children from the dangerous cycle of malnourishment and illiteracy, so as to provide children with proper nutrition along with quality education.
Though the initiative is a small step taken towards the immense problem of Hunger and Illiteracy in India, but we wholeheartedly hope to bring a positive change and aim to make India – A Hunger Free Nation.