The issue of food insecurity and malnutrition has been persisting in India for many years. The recent 2022 Global Hunger Index has ranked the country at 107th position which was lower than its last year’s position of 101.
Even though the report of the Global Hunger Index does showcase the data regarding improvement in child mortality and child stunting, it also highlights a high increase in undernourished child population and child wasting.
Apart from this, the recent SOFI (State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world) has estimated that around 56 crore people in India lack food security. This indicates that more than 40 percent of the country is severely food insecure.
Even though the government has come up with some commendable schemes like Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY), POSHAN Abhiyan, Anganwadi schemes and so on, India still has a long way to go in becoming a food secure country.
On the brighter side, due to persistent efforts from the government and other food NGO in India, the country has shown some improvements in the food insecurity issue. The National family health Survey-5 (NFHS-5) from the year 2019 to 2021 shows a decline in child and women malnutrition.
The main problem regarding food insecurity is not just the quantity of food but also its quality and the nutrition that one could gain from it. There are several NGO for free food in the country like Narayan Seva Sansthan that take initiatives towards providing good quality and nutritious food to the underprivileged people.
With the onset of covid pandemic in 2019, many people have lost their incomes and access to basic necessities like Food and healthcare. Hence, as individuals, the minimum that we could do to help them could be by giving away whatever little we can to support them. Some of the ways through which we can do this are-
Monetary donations to NGOs
There are many NGOs in the country that provide free food for poor people. Hence, donating a little amount to such an organisation can be considered as a great way of help.
Collect food from nearby places
You can hold or participate in collection drives that collect food from nearby houses, restaurants, and other such places.
Share your food with needy people
If you waste a lot of food on a regular basis, then sharing it with a needy family can be a great way of helping them.
Donate a meal on special occasions
One of the best and useful ways to spend your money on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and so on is by providing a meal for the poor. If not providing the meal, then you can also consider donating some amount to a food donation NGOs.
Narayan Seva Sansthan
If you are interested in providing food for the needy, then one of the best ways to do so would be by providing monetary donations to NGOs like Narayan Seva Sansthan. The Sansthan is one of the best NGOs for food in India.
The Sansthan is globally recognised for its consistent work towards uplifting of divyangs and other underprivileged sections of the society.
The sansthan’s Garib Parivar ration yojana campaign focuses on underprivileged families from tribal and rural areas that are facing food problems due to pandemic.
Under the yojana, the sansthan provides these families with grocery kits of nutritious food supplies like pulses, wheat flour, spices, cooking oil and so on at the beginning of every month. The sansthan also helps in providing ration cards to these families.
Till now, the sansthan has distributed around 29,203 ration kits all over India and with your donations, they will surely continue to reach many such families who are facing severe hunger problems in the country.