Food is one of the most basic necessities that an individual requires to survive. However, with poverty persisting, many underprivileged individuals even find it hard to receive a single meal in the day.
India is one of the countries that faces the challenge of food insecurity and malnutrition. By looking into the data presented by the State of Food security and nutrition in the world (SOFI), the global hunger numbers have risen to 828 million people which is quite alarming.
The report also stated about the decline in the number of malnourished people from 247.8 million in 2004-2006 to 224.3 million in 2019-21. However, despite the decline, the number of people suffering from the food crisis is concerning.
Over the years, the government and charitable organisations have come up with various schemes and programs to provide food aid for millions of underprivileged people. Apart from that, there are several NGOs and religious charities that accept donations from individuals that wish to donate food to the poor. However, these little contributions will only make a big difference if a large number of donors are encouraged to help in providing extra food to the underprivileged.
However, how can one help in providing food to the needy?
Here are some of the ways by which one can provide food to the needy-
- Donations to NGOs, government funds and religious charities
One of the best and most common ways to donate for food to the underprivileged is by contributing (monetary or food donations) to government funds, NGOs or religious charities that are working towards providing food to the needy.
Nowadays, with food (annadanam) donations online, it has also become easier for donors to donate from anywhere around the country.
However, if not online or money donation, one can also consider to donate a meal or ration to their nearby underprivileged people or food donation NGOs.
In order to locate such food donation NGOs or centres, you can try searching about them online by googling titles like “NGO for food donation near me” or “food donation near me”.
- Hold food collection drives
As an individual or a community, you can help a lot in providing extra food supply to the underprivileged of the country by organising and participating in food collection drives.
By holding these drives, you can encourage a lot of people to contribute whatever little food they wish to provide for the needy. You can also ask restaurants and other food places to donate any extra left food to you. After the collection drive, you can give away your collected food directly to an NGO or nearby underprivileged people.
- Donate a meal on special occasions
As individuals, we spend a lot of money on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and so on. However, if you are planning on doing a good deed on your special day, you can consider donating a meal or food to the underprivileged people.
Donate for food at Narayan Seva Sansthan
Narayan Seva Sansthan is a prestigious and globally recognised NGO in the country that has been consistently working towards uplifting divyangs and various other weaker sections of the society. Their motto of heal, enrich and empower has improved the lives of many underprivileged people.
The sansthan provides various sevas to help the underprivileged. For this purpose, they accept donations from individuals, businesses and institutions.
One of their such seva includes Garib parivar ration yojana. Through this campaign, the sansthan aims to reach those families who are struggling with poverty and malnutrition and help them by providing them with a monthly ration.
Under this campaign, the sansthan provides ration cards and grocery kits to all the underprivileged families that are associated with them. Pulses, wheat flour, spices, cooking oil and so on are some of the food materials that are provided to these families as their ration. The grocery kit is usually provided to these families at the beginning of every month.
By far, the sansthan has distributed 29,203 ration kits all over India.
In order to know more about their garib parivar ration yojana or other offerings, you can click here!