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SStop Hunger Now SA continues to break world records by this year undertaking and leading Stop Hunger Now International to package 10 million meals between 13th and 20th July 2016. Last year, CEO of Stop Hunger Now SA, Saira Khan issued the Million Meal Challenge and this was a resounding success with over 1.2 million meals packed on the day in 3 cities!!
This year, hosted under the theme “Follow the Sun”, the International Mandela Week Meal Packaging event becomes a global movement to eradicate hunger. It has further been extended to a week of meal packaging to honour the Madiba Legacy of making every day a Mandela Day. Stop Hunger Now is undertaking a Mandela Week nationally!!
The event will commence in the East with Stop Hunger Now Malaysia and the Grandwest Casino Hotel in Cape Town commencing the week long campaign on the 13th July 2016 and end in the West with Stop Hunger Now US and Suncity Casino Hotel packing the last day’s meals on the 20th July 2016. 10 Million Meals are targeted and the ambitious campaign has been themed Follow the Sun.
Some of the International countries participating are Malaysia, India, Italy, Philippines, South Africa and the USA. This is a WORLD FIRST as no one has undertaken International Mandela Day Activities globally and is fully supported by the Mandela Foundation and Graca Machel Trust.
South Africa will be packaging meals daily as the lead organisation in this global campaign in the cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London, Umtata, Pretoria and Pietermaritzburg.
The event is aimed at Corporate and Other Organisations who support the event by sending teams to participate in the meal packaging activities as part of their 67 minutes of giving to honour Nelson Mandela. Companies join the event by sponsoring R10, 000 per team of 20 people who then participate with thousands of other corporate volunteers contributing to supporting Early Childhood Development Facilities and Universities with meals for a year. The cost covers the ingredients and packaging of these meals.
Volunteers are an essential part of this initiative as they package the meals ensuring that Stop Hunger Now SA programs remain cost effective, thereby widening its reaches.
With 3.1 million children facing chronic hunger in SA, we have to do more in this country to ensure that they obtain good nutrition. It is not just hunger eradication but also ensuring that the meals provided are nutritionally balanced to support growth. It gives me great pleasure to honour Nelson Mandela Internationally in this manner by focussing on children who were very close to his heart. We are proud to be the lead organisation together with support from the Mandela Foundation to enable us to continue Living the Legacy!! We thank our existing donors and look forward to their ongoing support this year but also take this opportunity to urge new companies to join us in this international event and to package the 2 million meals that we have committed to” says Saira Khan, CEO of Stop Hunger Now SA.
According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation, 870 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished, 234million of them living in sub-Saharan Africa.
Stop Hunger Now SA major focus is on reaching the most vulnerable, hungry: children, specifically those who attend pre-schools, or Early Childhood Development (ECDs). According to the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, over 3 million children under the age of 17 are food insecure. In addition to this, the World Food Programme’s “1000 day window” study on the irreversible effects of malnutrition for children in their infancy has resulted in the design of the Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa Hunger Eradication Programme.
For More information about the initiative and the online registration form for the Mandela Day Million Meal Challenge, please visit the Stop Hunger Now website, www.stophungernowsa.org.