By Aparna Mele
“You’d be amazed at the power of a plate of food. It can change the world, and so can you.” – Chef Jose Andres
Global food insecurity is on the rise with hundreds of millions of people across the globe facing acute food crises or famine-like catastrophes. The biggest driving forces currently are the COVID-19 pandemic and its crippling economic effects, climate extremes, and conflict, and now the war in Ukraine. According to the United Nations, the global increase in food process is another driver of the burden and the rise in food crises will immediately lead to child malnutrition. Humanitarian assistance for the food sector cannot keep up with the increasing number of people in need. Worldwide summits are being held to address this crisis with vows to make nutrition integral in universal health coverage, build food systems to promote safe healthy diets, handle malnutrition effectively in fragile and conflict-affected areas, promote data driven accountability, and secure new investments to tackle malnutrition.
How can we help? Educate ourselves on the crisis, volunteer our time and energies to help the hungry, offer monetary donations, and never waste food, because food is a universal human RIGHT.
Chef Jose Andres and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen are working with devastated communities in crisis, supplying meals to people in need, and helping build stronger food systems. Click here to learn more about their heroic work in Poland to help the displaced and hungry Ukrainian refugees: https://wck.org/en-us/news/chefsforukraine-over-12-million-meals-served