Rise Against Hunger India is committed to working with field level partners to address hunger and malnutrition in the most strategic way possible through the distribution of food and in-kind aid. We receive frequent inquiries about the distribution of meals from NGOs all over the country.
We evaluate each request, using consistent criteria. In addition to our routine vetting process to determine the eligibility of a partner to receive our meals, we consider the need (severity of hunger issues) and whether we can have a sustainable impact.
Although founded by a clergyman, Rise Against Hunger is first and foremost dedicated to creating a world without hunger. We believe that this imperative is in keeping with the traditions of the great faiths of the world, and Rise Against Hunger actively seeks to engage people of all faiths in our mission to end world hunger in our lifetime.
Rise Against Hunger India does not evangelize or seek to promote any particular faith or religion. We adhere to guiding principles that are consistent with the Code of Conduct for Humanitarian Agencies, which include: humanitarian imperative comes first; aid is given regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind; and aid will not be used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.
Rise Against Hunger India may provide meals and other aid to faith-based organizations that have evangelical purposes. Our agreement with these organizations, however, is that meals will not be used subversively, coercively or to promote any religious or political objectives.
Rise Against Hunger India involves volunteers because we want to engage as many people as possible in the movement to eradicate hunger. We do so by providing an immensely fulfilling, impactful and fun experience for volunteers.
Our events also serve as a platform to educate people about hunger, what they can do about it, and to inspire them to take further action. Creating such a movement through educating people about the issue is essential to creating the will to mobilize the necessary resources to end hunger in our lifetime.
We invite and encourage groups that are interested in packaging meals to recommend worthy partners to distribute the meals that they package. Rise Against Hunger India will evaluate prospective meal recipients to validate their accountability and in order to ensure that the meals will be received, stored, secured and distributed effectively as explained above.
It is important to note that Rise Against Hunger India has a vetting process to screen eligibility or worthiness of an NGO to receive meals. Therefore, if the host organization has a preference in terms of where the meals should go, the details of the organizations should be sent at least a month or so in advance to complete the screening process.
While we would like to be in a position to support any number of partners, Rise Against Hunger India ’s priority is to meet our existing commitments before we add new partners.
Any organization can apply for Rise Against Hunger India meals regardless of whether a volunteer group intends on packaging meals specifically for them.
Rise Against Hunger India asks meal packaging participants to donate the cost per meal they package. These funds are used to acquire the ingredients as well as pay staffing and support costs to make it possible for us to facilitate these events. Supplies are purchased on the general commodities markets, and we get reduced rates on most of our ingredients.
We continually strive to be good stewards of the contributions we receive. We carefully manage administrative and fundraising costs, allowing us to invest 87 percent of expenses in our programs.
Special care has been taken to ensure that ingredients are culture-neutral and acceptable to all recipients. The meal packets comprise of the basic ingredients of a ‘khichdi’ mix (a very popular dish in all parts of the country and even outside) – i.e. rice, dal and vegetables. This makes Rise Against Hunger India meals easily acceptable in all parts of India. Also, the meals are such that they can be cooked just in water without any additions. However, they can also be cooked with the usual ingredients in an Indian kitchen such as onions, tomatoes, chilies and other various masalas. This makes the meal tastier and gives it variety. In different parts of the country, the basic meal can be cooked in a manner that suits the taste of that area.
RAHI has served meals in diverse geographies such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and many more. Every community has added their own flavor to the RAHI meals, having been consumed in Tamil Nadu with added flavors of sambar powder, whereas in Bihar with addition of local vegetables, and as veg pulao in Punjab with a spoonful of desi ghee. RAHI meals provide super flexibility to the meal recipients to cook it the way they like it.
On the back of each meal bag is an easy-to-understand graphic illustration demonstrating the cooking process. Preparing the meals is simple. See packaging here.