“Take what you need and use what you take.” Life runs on food and we should not waste food. This is the new lesson school children of the Pink City are learning and taking a vow not to waste food.
The Annakshetra Foundation has launched a year long awareness campaign in schools. The campaign aims to reach 60 schools in Jaipur city during the current academic session. Students of VIth-VIIIth standard are made aware through presentations and reading material highlighting the figures on food waste, hunger and steps to save food.
“Food is not just rice and wheat but also the fruit of labour of hundreds and thousands of those who have toiled under the scorching sun to grow the food. Cooked food also involves lot of energy, time, transportation and fuel. By wasting food, we are wasting lot of resources and also causing harm to the environment,” said Dr. Ambika Nag, senior programme manager.
The children learn facts and figures on global hunger and food waste through Annakshetra’s moving power point presentation specially prepared for schools. A child dies every 5 seconds due to hunger and 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year around the globe. Almost 923 lakh people sleep without food everyday and 456 lakh people get food only once a day.
India is home to the largest number of hungry people. Almost 40 per cent of food is wasted in the country which would be enough to feed almost 300 million people every year. The data from the 2010 Municipal Solid Waste Characterization Report says food makes up the largest per cent of waste going into municipal landfills.
If saving food becomes a habit at an early age, one can contribute towards prevention of hunger. The children learn three easy steps to save a hungry child on this globe through the presentation. “Don’t take more than you can eat. Don’t overeat and do not throw away food.” The Annakshetra Foundation has reached around four thousand students of 15 schools so far. The response from students and teaching faculty has been very encouraging.