The Hunger Project

The Problem

In India, more than half of all children under the age of five are hungry and nearly one fourth of the 1.1 billion population is hungry. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), there are 100 million more hungry people this year, meaning they consume fewer than 1,800 calories a day. Only a small fraction of the financially stable population support the poor. Surprisingly, not a single school in the Delhi NCR region has ever donated food to the Delhi Food Bank. We, at Lotus Valley International School, plan to change that.

Plan of Action

After getting the principal's permission to go through with the food drive, I designed flyers and stuck them on bulletin boards all over the school. To ensure all students knew about the food drive, members of the 'Be the Change DoSomething.org Club' personally announced the message in each and every classroom. I contacted the Delhi Food Bank, asked for posters and crates for the food collected. We accepted rice, wheat, edible oil, sugar, salt, biscuits, spices, and any nonperishable food items. For three days, starting from May 1st, students donated as many food items as they could. The highest number of food items collected was 202. On the last day, we made a final count of all the food items, removing any items that were perishable or damaged. In the span of 2 weeks, we were able to organize a food drive that collected more than 850 packets of food.

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