India is home to the largest undernourished and hungry population in the world. Almost half the children face some kind of nutritional challenge or are underweight. While India produces sufficient food, it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children. The India Food Banking Network is a national initiative to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in India.
Siraj Hussain, Honourable Secretary of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India, presided over a recent ceremony to celebrate the achievements of participating NGO’s within the Food-a-Thon. The Food Secretary lauded the efforts of all the participating Corporates and NGO’s. He said: "Initiatives like Food-a-Thon organized by civil society compliment the initiatives of the Government in making a difference on the ground. Looking at the results achieved, I am confident that even more numbers of Corporates would come forward and become a part of the food donation drive in 2015".
Children from Samarpan School, Kishangarh performed in the culmination ceremony presenting a dance entitled "One World". Celebrity chef and TV food show host Aditya Bal cooked at the Samarpan Foundation School at Kishangarh in celebration of the Food-A-Thon. "I travel around the world and I am fortunate enough to have too much food but there are some who go to bed hungry. This has been kicking my conscience for long so I am here to do my bit for these children who are the future of our country. I loved spending time with kids and cooking for them," said Aditya Bal.