Over the past few weeks, in our lifestyle articles, we have been focusing on important topics. We have been talking about food waste and the importance of the Imperfect Foods project to combat it, and we also talked about Impossible Foods as a way to decrease the consumption of animal meat. Today we’ll talk about a special project to us, that we are very proud to be part of, the ShareTheMeal.
If you don’t know this app and if you are reading this, it means that we are doing our job well. The idea behind these articles it’s something very simple. We want to spread the word and to show you, how can you have a positive impact on the planet. Before we going into details about this app, nothing better than a video that summarizes it.
ShareTheMeal is an initiative of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). Each year, WFP reaches more than 86 million people with food assistance in around 83 countries. WFP is 100% voluntarily funded, so every donation counts. WFP’s administrative costs are among the lowest in the non-profit sector – with 90% of donations going directly to WFP operations that are building a world with zero hunger.
Donations from the ShareTheMeal app support various WFP operations. Ranging from resilience building and school feeding programs to providing food assistance in emergencies. Since launching the app in 2015, WFP has helped provide aid to some of the largest food crises in the world including Yemen, Syria, and Nigeria.
There are several places and causes in the world where the WFP is needed. In the ShareTheMeal app, you can choose to help some of them. One of the easiest ways is through the objectives list. Here you will be able to understand where help is most needed and how much has been done to help those most in need. You can help children in Syria, Palestine or even help to fight the COVID-19 virus.
Help Palestinian children
A failing economy has left people unemployed and without basic necessities, making food assistance a lifeline for many Palestinian families. As nearly a third of the population is food insecure. Reduced assistance can lead to people cutting meals, taking on additional debts and withdrawing children from school.
In order for families to continue to receive full assistance on their e-voucher cards, additional funding is needed. Share meals and help us feed 2,700 children for 6 months in Gaza and the West Bank.
Help Rohingya children
More than half a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State following an outbreak of violence in late August. Taking only what they can carry, they seek shelter and safety in the Bangladeshi border district of Cox’s Bazar. The area is now filled with makeshift tents.
The WFP is on the ground, distributing nutrient-rich, high-energy biscuits to new arrivals as an emergency measure and then registering people to receive rice, vegetable oil, and lentils over the next six months. More than 800,000 people have received food to date. Mothers and children under five, who are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition, are given SuperCereal Plus, a fortified wheat-soya blend used to make a nutritious porridge.
Share school meals in Lebanon
From the start of the Syrian crisis, millions of Syrians have fled their homes and crossed into neighboring countries, including Lebanon. The strain on Lebanon has been huge and many already vulnerable Lebanese families have been affected by this humanitarian crisis.
To ensure access to education, Lebanese and Syrian children attend school in a double-shift system. With its partners, WFP provides school meals at 37 primary schools. With your help, they can provide school meals to 7,000 primary school children for 1 year.
Empower schoolchildren in India
Uttar Pradesh – a nutritionally vulnerable Indian state – faces high levels of malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. This is especially concerning among children, as it can increase their risk of illness, negatively affect critical stages in their development and have a lifelong impact.
In collaboration with the government’s Mid-Day Meal program, the WFP will help to ensure that the most vulnerable schoolchildren get adequate nutrition by fortifying school meals. Children are served hot cooked meals in all government schools, and WFP will supplement these with fortified rice and wheat flour. School meals have the potential to transform lives with long-lasting impact by strengthening nutrition, and increasing enrolment, retention and attendance in schools.
The Table is the monthly subscription that will let you invest in a world without hunger. By joining The Table, you’ll be virtually connected with a unique family each month. During this time you’ll learn the impact of your shared meals through personalized updates and exclusive stories.
How does this process work? It’s very easy! Using SCOPE, WFP’s beneficiary management tool, members are paired with a unique family each month via real-time data. Monthly donors will directly support families with cash assistance so that they can purchase the food that best suits their family’s needs.
When you join The Table, your monthly donation will help some of the operations that we already talked about. By sharing your meal each month, you are providing these families in need with much-needed nutrition. You are investing in a world without hunger.
And the best part off all this is that it only costs you 12 dollars a month. With this amount, you will make a difference in a child’s life. So, What are you waiting for? Help us to end global hunger!