Rise Against Hunger India is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.
Rise Against Hunger India formally started its activities in 2015 as a result of increased interest and support by corporate partners to engage in our meal packaging program. In 2013, the first meal packaging event was held in Bangalore which was facilitated by the US team, and this acted as the first step towards creating a sustained effort in India towards ending hunger. Throughout 2014, several events were held with multiple corporate partners in Bangalore packaging more than 280,000 meals. These regular meal packaging events led to the opportunity to establish a permanent program base to mobilize support and create champions for active engagement. An independent entity (Stop Hunger Now India) was created in India in 2014 which was formally registered as a Charitable Trust in October 2014. In 2017, the name was changed to Rise Against Hunger India.
Driving Rise Against Hunger India’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people. Our efforts are therefore directed towards expanding the hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution. Through our community empowerment programs, we work with communities to be sustainably food and nutrition secure.
Rise Against Hunger India is part of the global Rise Against Hunger network the origin of which goes back to 1998. After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan wanted to do something concrete and tangible towards “ending hunger in our lifetime”. Ray quickly recognized that accomplishing such a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself,” he founded Stop Hunger Now in 1998 which was renamed as Rise Against Hunger in 2017.
Our organization’s approach to ending hunger centers on mobilizing a global network of hunger champions. Rise Against Hunger India meal packaging volunteers produce millions of nutritious meals annually that help feed vulnerable groups served by NGO partners and community groups. Through our thorough monitoring and evaluation process, we ensure the meals effectively used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students’ health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor. Meals also work as a safety net to ensure that vulnerable families/individuals have access to nutritious food at all times.
Another core focus of Rise Against Hunger India is responding to crises–both natural and man-made. From droughts to floods, or during pandemic situations such as COVID-19, in conflict zones and transitioning political situations, food is often the most immediate need. When everyday access to food, wages, and market systems are destroyed in the wake of emergencies, Rise Against Hunger India works directly as well as through its field teams as well as its network of grassroots partners active on the ground to address these needs. We strive to ensure aid is efficiently and effectively deployed to and received by communities when it is needed most.