As members of the foodie community, we go about our day thinking of where to go for our next meal. We obsess about the dishes we see on Instagram. We read the latest news and updates on our favorite restaurants. Some of us even have the luxury of eating out several times a week.
Sadly, not a lot of people are fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to lead this kind of lifestyle. That’s why it’s important for us to give back and learn more about what we can do to help people who do not have the same resources we have.
Back in October, Action Against Hunger launched the second edition of #RestaurantsAgainstHunger, a fund-raising campaign that spans four continents. It aims to help chefs, restaurateurs, and foodies to channel their passion for food into supporting life-saving programs against hunger and its most extreme consequence: malnutrition. The campaign runs from October 1 to December 1, 2017.
Who Benefits From the Program?
Action Against Hunger’s main beneficiaries include families with pregnant or lactating women with children below the age of five. The organization has four main programs of intervention:
2. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
3. Food Security and Livelihood
4. Emergency Response
Since June 1, the organization has been helping families in Marawi to address food insecurity and the lack of access to clean water. At present, their team has identified more than 90,000 individuals who need immediate intervention in the areas of nutrition and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).
What Are Action Against Hunger’s Main Challenges?
The challenge is to make Filipinos aware that the Philippines has a big problem concerning malnutrition. According to the latest Nutrition Survey by Food and Nutrition Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) 33.4% of children under the age of 5 suffer from Chronic Malnutrition (also called stunting). This means that three out of 10 children are too short or underdeveloped for their age. This high number has ranked the Philippines as 9th in the world in terms of the highest number of stunted children.
It’s also important to know that the first 1000 days of a child’s life is critical in his/her future growth. If a child experiences malnutrition during the critical “window of opportunity” for growth, malnutrition’s effects will continue to be with that child when he or she grows into adulthood. For reference, please check this website.
Another challenge is spreading the word about the work Action Against Hunger has been doing in the Philippines. If you are an Instagram influencer, a blogger, a food writer, or someone who simply loves to eat, this is your opportunity to use your influence to promote a worthy cause. Remember to use the hashtag #RestaurantsAgainstHunger on your post.
Why Should You Order #DishesThatFeedMore?
Every time a customer orders the #DishesThatFeedMore from Action Against Hunger’s partner restaurants, they contribute funding for the organization’s interventions throughout the Philippines.
Some examples of dishes that feed more include:
If you’re interested in seeing what other dishes you should order, please check out Restaurants Against Hunger’s Facebook page.
What Is Your Role As a Foodie/Customer?
According to Action Against Hunger Fund-Raising and Resource Development Manager, Dale Divinagracia, “[People in] the foodie community are [our] natural allies in the fight against hunger and child malnutrition. The key is to unite our voices to highlight the problem and to provide sustainable solutions. Restaurants Against Hunger is the venue for you to help.
For the customers – show your solidarity by going to the participating restaurants and ordering the DISHES THAT FEED MORE!”