The Renowned organization, Aatmnirbhar Sena, has started the Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen to feed more than 2000 daily wage laborers and the needy ones. The noteworthy feature associated with this feeding the hunger initiative is that daily wage laborers and impoverished people get the food in Rs. 5 with utmost respect and dignity.
The volunteers involved with Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen are actively conducting the food distribution activities by providing free of cost nutritious meals to families of daily wage workers. Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen serves those that come from less privileged regions of India, with a lack of facilities to cook food better in terms of quality.
Workers earning their bread and butter in Gautam Buddh Nagar and Noida are satiating their hunger under the Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen initiative. Many people in our country are not privileged enough to manage their daily meals by themselves. Thus, it has become the duty as a welfare organization for the Government’s efforts to develop some stable movement not to let others sleep with an empty stomach. Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is ensuring that no one has to suffer because of poverty and hunger issues.
India is known as the World’s largest food producer countries. Ironically, it is also home to the largest population of hungry people and one-third of the World’s malnourished children. The Global Hunger Index ranks India 94th in the year 2020. With a population of more than 1.33 billion, India has seen tremendous growth in the past two decades. Gross Domestic Product has increased by 4.5 times, and per capita consumption has also increased three times. Same way, food grain production has increased almost two times. However, while India produces sufficient food to feed its population despite phenomenal industrial and economic growth, it cannot provide food to the maximum people.
As per FAO reports in ‘The State of Food Security & Nutrition in the World, 2020 report, 189.2 million people suffer from malnutrition. By this measure, 14% of the population undernourished in India. Also, 51.4% of women of reproductive age between 15 to 49 years are anemic. According to the sources, 34.7% of the children aged under five in India are short for their age or stunted, while 20% of them suffer from wasting, meaning their weight is too low for their height. Malnourished children suffer a higher risk of death from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, & malaria.
Before the pandemic, India was gearing itself to fill any potential trade void that would result from countries considering trade restrictions on China, which included food items like rice, onions, potatoes, vegetables, mangoes, and honey.
India was also looking for an opportunity to export US$100 billion worth of agriculture by the year 2025, tapping into new markets in Latin America and Oceania. And it was also expecting a record harvest of almost 295.7 million metric tons this year.
By March, when the COVID-19 case got first detected in the country, the situation took a U-turn. A hasty nationwide lockdown shook the country’s very conscience, including its fragmented and fragile food systems and supply chains. The Food and Agricultural Organisation estimates that nearly 40% of India’s food is wasted every year due to inefficient supply chains. A deficit of cooling and storage facilities in India also means 20% off entire food production gets either wasted or spoiled before it reaches the marketplace.
The pandemic has amplified the vulnerabilities of the national food system. It has interrupted local, regional, and national supply chains, adding to the existing food waste problem. Small farmers and vendors had to sell their produce at a loss. The lockdown in Nation resulted in severe labor shortages, delaying the mid-April wheat harvest by two weeks. Partial port operations & the closure of roads and air cargo have thwarted grains across the country.
The critical situation of hunger in India was already at a peak. The wave of Covid-19 added to the already existing problem. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the conditions worse. The virus has badly disrupted global and local food systems, and the Indian poor and hungry are being affected worse than ever.
On the other hand, nearly one-third of the food produced for human consumption is wasted every year. Forty percent of the fruits and vegetables and 30 percent of cereals produced lost due to inefficient supply chain management, and they do not reach the markets. While significant food losses occur upstream, at harvest, and during post-harvest handling, a lot of food is also lost or wasted during the distribution and consumption phases. Some food is wasted on the shelves and in the warehouses of food businesses either due to production in excess, the introduction of new goods, labeling errors, or due to shorter remaining shelf life. Such kinds of food could be saved by timely withdrawing it from the distribution network, aggregating items, and then redirecting it to the proper people.
The significant causes of hunger are mentioned below-
Poverty is the biggest issue far from being eradicated. It is a leading factor for hunger in India. It is estimated 23.6% of the Indian population, or about 276 million people, lived below $1.25 per day. Poverty solely does not lead to malnutrition, but it tremendously affects the availability of adequate nutritious food for the most vulnerable populations. More than 90 percent of malnourished people live in developing countries. Under Aatmnirbhar Kitchen Seva, we supply ration and food to poverty-stricken families and contribute to a good cause.
Mostly food and nutrition crises do not occur because of a lack of good food, but rather because people are too indigenous to obtain proper food. Non-availability of nutritious food in markets, difficulty accessing markets due to low transportation, and lack of financial resources contribute to the populations’ food insecurity. People are heavily dependent on international markets for the maximum part of their food supply, especially between harvest seasons. Under the Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen scheme, we try to provide nutritious food to the public at large.
Water is deemed synonymous with life. Lack of potable water, poor sanitation, & dangerous hygiene practices increase vulnerability to infectious and other water-borne diseases, resulting from acute mal or undernutrition.
Specific illnesses and infections, such as tuberculosis, measles, and diarrhea, are directly linked to acute malnutrition. A combination of disease and malnutrition weakens metabolism creating a vicious cycle of infection and undernourishment, leading to illness vulnerability. HIV/AIDS has become a leading reason for acute malnutrition. A child who has HIV is more vulnerable to malnutrition than any healthy child. Also, anti-retroviral drugs are more effective when combined with adequate, regular food intake. So ensuring a fit & proper diet is an essential aspect of HIV control and treatment.
Seasonal migrations have also been a leading factor & livelihood strategy for India’s poorest households to access food and money through labor. Children and women are most affected, suffering from deprivation during migrations impacting their health. They live in testing conditions with unsafe drinking water, with no health care services. They carry their children to work, exposed to severe unhygienic conditions leading to various health issues, including poor nutrition.
In the last few years, the count of natural disasters like droughts, cyclones, floods, pandemics, etc. has increased substantially. The effects of climate change are often over-dramatic, devastating areas that are already unprotected. Infrastructure is damaged and destroyed; diseases spread quickly; people can no longer grow crops for their means of livelihood.
From droughts to floods, in conflict zones & transitioning political situations, food is often the most basic need. When the easy access to food, wages, and food systems hindered in the wake of emergencies, our scheme Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen works relentlessly to address these needs. We strive to ensure that aid is efficiently and effectively deployed to and received by communities when needed the most.
According to UN studies in over more than 40 developing countries, the decline in agricultural production caused by climate change could increase the number of people suffering from hunger in the coming times.
The prime reason behind Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is to fight back the odds and avail meal for all. Our objective is to feed maximum hungry people and confront the issues because the hunger problem is still prevailing in India.
We’re on the road to achieving zero hunger in our Nation as soon as possible. We are aligned with the aim of the UN’s Sustainable Goal 2 of zero hunger. Also, From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to our meal-related program that harnesses local volunteers’ passion, we always strive to impact need by building resilience, self-sufficiency, and empowerment among the communities we work along. There are multiple ways by which through which we’re accomplishing our goals.
The name Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is mainly concerned with the traditional value of feeding the food to hungry ones in a selfless manner. It encompasses a more extended purview of addressing the issues concerning the state of hunger in the lives of daily wage laborers and other poverty-stricken families as well. Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is doing wonders for the marginalized communities and uplifting the status of poor and helpless workers who can’t manage the food for their survival and unable to make their families live a healthy life.
In the last few months, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, several migrant workers and daily wage laborers have been kicked out of their jobs. Street vendors and hawkers have been severely affected during the crisis. People who used to have meager income are finding it challenging to manage their survival. It’s not wrong to say that food insecurity has leaped.
Many people were confronted with the harsh trade-off between flouting the lockdown and catching the virus or waiting at home and witnessing a reduction in their stored food stocks. During the lockdown, people came across several obstacles, including the waning of stored foodstuffs. To revive the situation that has worsened over the period, Aatmnirbhar Sena has introduced the initiative of Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, which signifies the management of hunger in less privileged lives ones, including daily wage workers, migrant laborers, and other people from marginalized communities.
While long-lasting food security projects take root, vulnerable communities still need to meet their basic needs today as an Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen provides safety net programs that provide nourishment and good food at low rates. As an Aatmnirbhar Sena, we provide education, skills training, or health services that support the difficult journey out of hunger. Our efforts support children, incentivize adults to enter a new venture, or bolster the people’s lost confidence.
We encourage agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved farming methods, business skills, and market access. With training & access to quality seeds and fertilizers, farmers can increase production and nutritious harvest crops. We also provide pathways to diversify diets and improve nutritional outcomes. Our professional workshop and income-generating activities help individuals increase their earning potential and consistent access to food.
The Government of India has also evolved various social safety brackets to address the challenges like the Public Distribution System (PDS); the Antodaya Anna Rozgar Yojana, the Midday Meal Scheme; the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, and recently in 2013, the landmark Food Security Act aims to provide subsidized foodgrain to up to 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of urban households.
Under Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, we are also acting as a midpoint of the people in need and other Government Schemes. We do not only assist in mitigating hunger through our Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen but make them aware too. Half of the hungry population of our country is not vigilant of Government’s relief package. Our duty as an Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is to feed them and avail the Government’s schemes.
Members associated with the Aatmnirbhar Seva kitchen for social welfare have consistently reconfigured India’s food systems. Even before COVID-19 entry into Indian territories, our organization has been serving food daily to poverty-stricken families. However, post this COVID-19 outbreak, they have multiplied their efforts hoping that people would withstand the adverse outcomes and emerge victorious with their consistent endeavors.
Our scheme, Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, feels that only a small fraction of a distant journey to set comprehensive, inclusive, and equitable livelihoods and properly maintained food systems can start lessening the nutrient caloric gap for the underprivileged ones.
Our scheme, Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, advocates for achieving zero hunger by uniting policymakers, talking about hunger-related concerns, and obtaining the relevant solutions. Through several programs initiated by Aatmnirbhar Sena, the active members keep their eyes on food wastage reduction & employing the left food lots in feeding the starving individuals living in poverty-stricken regions of India.
The efforts made under the Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen initiative bring fruitful outcomes as more than 2000 poor people are fortunately getting the food to eat. Under Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, we have set the bar high for others to take small steps from their end and work to better society. Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is new hope in the phase of hopelessness.
COVID-19 is continuously posing unusual challenges for governments, businesses, and individuals all over the World. For the World’s most prominent democracy like India and the largest population of hungry people, current local and national economic & social assistance measures are a perfect start. However, this is just a small portion of a long journey to secure comprehensive, inclusive, equal livelihoods and food systems that can start reducing the poor’s caloric and nutrient gap. This truism holds for all the countries, regardless of its GDP level. India’s situation has been a wake-up call to reconfigure food systems and stabilize the millions of livelihoods and lives depending on them.
To contribute a small part towards stabilizing the condition, Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen is providing round the clock assistance to the needy. We have been contributing through remarkable ways, but our most noble deed is feeding the hungry. Under the Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen scheme of Aatmnirbhar Sena, we advocate ending hunger by joining hands with policy creators, discussing hunger-related issues & tracing out the appropriate solutions.
We are actively assisting the most vulnerable population residing in India. Under Aatmnirbhar Seva Kitchen, we serve life-changing resources like food, potable drinking water, and meal packages. By consistently working on the root causes of hunger and analyzing the problems that underprivileged people face, we will develop the desired solutions to make the situation better. Aatmnirbhar Seva kitchen, an initiative of Aatmnirbhar Sena, is a ray of new hope in the lives of people.