While communities work toward a future in which they can thrive, vulnerable families and individuals around the globe still have basic, immediate needs. That’s why Rise Against Hunger India supports safety net programs that provide nourishment, as well as additional skills training or services that support the difficult journey out of poverty.
One in three people worldwide are adversely affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Rise Against Hunger India meals, packaged by volunteers, are designed to provide a comprehensive array of micronutrients. Rise Against Hunger India meals include enriched rice, dal (legume) protein, dried vegetables and 21 essential vitamins and nutrients.
Next to maize, rice is the most commonly consumed grain with regard to human nutrition and caloric intake. Along with soy or lentil proteins, vegetables and vitamins; rice is the fourth and final ingredient in our meals.
The rice and lentils we use are sourced locally, and transported to the venue where meal packaging is done .
Volunteers come together to package meals for those in need. Rice and other dry ingredients are combined into a meal bag that, with water, becomes a highly nutritious vegetarian meal.
Meals are packaged into boxes at volunteering events. Boxes are either handed over to field partners or brought back to our warehouses.
We work with a host of organizations who are running schools, orphanages, clinics, elderly care centers or vocational centers. Some of our impact partners also work in chronic emergency situations. We plan a year in advance to estimate the number of meals each partner will need and our team tracks the distribution process on a regular basis.
We work with the field partners to ensure they have a regular supply of food so that they can use the saved resources they would have otherwise spent on food to support other activities. To ensure there is sufficient provision available, we provide enough meal boxes to a partners that can suffice for 4 to 6 months. Since Rise Against Hunger India meals have a two-year shelf life, storage is not an issue.
Rise Against Hunger India meals are served in schools, vocational training programs, medical clinics, maternal health facilities, child and youth development centers and elder care facilities. Preparing and cleaning up after meals becomes a lesson in life skills for students in many partner schools.
When we provide meals to our partners, we include instructions on hygiene and safe cooking practices. Most field partners customize the meals into local dishes that are suited to the regional palate. Meals are often accompanied by local vegetables or protein, depending on availability.
School meals attract children to education programs and prevent dropouts–especially among girls–while simultaneously alleviating short-term hunger and enabling children to learn and to break the cycle of poverty. Providing Rise Against Hunger India meals in community empowerment programs enables participants to gain new skills without losing income or the equivalent.