India’s Largest Healthcare Organization reckons the Community Service of ISKCON as unparalleled

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The Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) is chartered by the Indian government to deliver insurance and health care benefits to over 20 million private and public-sector employees and therefore is recognized as India’s largest healthcare. ESIC provides these services through its over 2 thousand facilities that include hospitals, dispensaries and branch offices across India. ESIC recognised the selfless social service of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) Haryana’s chapter in feeding more than 2.5 lakhs students daily. It organised a Health Checkup and Screening camp at the Gurugram and at the Faridabad branch of the Foundation.

On 20th July, more than a hundred workers comprising of cooks, workers, drivers and staff of the Foundation were screened in the camp by the ESIC Medical College and Hospital (Faridabad). The team from the Hospital included, Dr. Pooja Goyal (Community Medicine), Dr. Mitasha Singh (Community Medicine), Dr. Nikhil Verma (General Medicine), Dr. Shaislav Panchal (Public Health Specialist) and Mr. Virendra Dahiya (Assistant Director). After the health checkup, the team visited the kitchen and observed the process of meal preparation at a large scale. “This is the best example of Community Participation and how such organisations can serve to the community, since not just god, they are serving the humanity as well,” said Dr. Pooja Goyal (Community Medicine), ESIC HospitalDr. Asim Das (Dean of the College and Hospital) personally took stock of the various processes in the state-of-the-art kitchen. He was highly impressed by the management of the food preparation and said, “I just have praise for IFRF’s dedication and hard work. It is our privilege to keep these wonderful workers fit and healthy by organising such camps regularly.”

Along with the selfless-service, IFRF also aims to spread its wings in order to provide for more and more children. With the aim of extending its work and beliefs, IFRF (Haryana) has now joined hands with His Grace Amogh Lila Das, Vice-President (ISKCON temple, Dwarka) and a world-class Motivational Speaker as its brand ambassador. HG Amogh Lila Das has been inspiring his listeners at IIMs, IITs, Corporate Houses, Defence Forces, Spiritual Retreats and he ventures to transform the lives of youth in general. Being a former Computer Science Engineer, full of rich corporate experience of his spiritual conferences, he weaves the magic in his audiences through simple, relaxed and his trademarked humour. He thanked the foundation and remarked during the awarding ceremony, “The control over one’s mind can be achieved by improving one’s intelligence. Food is the best medium to alter the consciousness and thereby the mind & intellect.” By following all these values, IFRF wishes to improve its value of work and impart the same values to the children through the medium of food.

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), a not-for-profit organisation provides nutritious and hygienic food to 2.5 lakh children from more than 2 thousand schools. The Foundation believes in providing blessed and sanctified food to the children. IFRF Haryana believes, “You are what you eat” and gives its best efforts in providing food so pure that it makes the hearts and minds of the children pure.

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness

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“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

It is the most common proverb that each and everyone of us have heard as a child. But do we really follow it as adults??

Cleanliness is the most basic thing that we should take care of in order to prevent any kind of illness. Be it a child or an adult, practicing the habit of cleanliness is a must!! The habit of cleanliness should be the way of life, as without it, one can never imagine to survive. It helps to keep us physically as well as mentally healthy.

If we consider the importance of cleanliness, it is no less than godliness. We worship God and wish for a healthy life and future. Similarly, if we maintain cleanliness, it ensures healthy mind in a healthy body. It is basically like a virtue which should be spread among people of all age groups and all regions. Practicing cleanliness ensures good mental and physical health and purity of soul and mind. It aids the flow of positive thoughts and provides spiritual contentment as a whole.

Always wash hands before eating

As a child, everyone is taught about how one should keep clean.. Wash hands before eating, take bath everyday etc. These habits are few of the many that should be strictly followed to avoid unwanted diseases and maintain one’s physical health. Good personal hygiene is from where one should start with. Such habits are the best when started early.

The habit of cleanliness should be followed not only on personal level but also on society/community level. Personal cleanliness is one thing but if you look around, you’ll notice there’s more.. that needs to be done than just talked about!! In today’s world, people are more concerned about their appearance than cleanliness.

Utensils are thoroughly cleaned after each meal preparation

At IFRF (ISKCON Food Relief Foundation), Haryana, we take all measures to ensure that the mid-day meal provided to the hungry souls is properly prepared in a germ-free environment with no-touch technique. The staff responsible for the preparation of mid-day meal go through routine health checkups to ensure that no skin or respiratory diseases exist among the staff in order to avoid any type of external contamination. Here, all the safety measures and steps are kept in mind to provide healthy and blessed food to the kind-hearted souls.

IFRF Kitchen commended by the Leading Flight Services, The Oberoi Flight Service

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ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), Haryana under the brand name “Annamrita” works to provide healthy, nutritious and blessed food to more than 2 thousand schools. Counted among one of the World’s mega-kitchens, the kitchens of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana complies to various Quality Management System and Food Safety Management that ensures the hygiene of food.

A Kitchen visit was made by Mr. Zafar Siamwala (Chief Operating Officer, Oberoi Flight Services) accompanied by the Executive Chef and Hygiene & Quality Manager. During their visit, the kitchen facility was meticulously scrutinized to the grassroots level and with their sheer competency in the Food Technology, few suggestions were made by the professional team.

It is a great initiative by IFRF. They are doing wonderful philanthropic work by feeding school children and bringing in more students in the school to study,” said Mr. Siamwala. During the visit, the team was heavily impressed by the quality of Khichdi served at the Kitchen and said, “We think even our Chefs should make that kind of Khichdi.” The team appreciated the quality of the raw materials used for the preparation of food and stated that the standard of the products used is praiseworthy. At IFRF, Haryana we have different menu everyday. This everyday change of menu makes the child interested in attending the school and avoid absenteeism. On a departing note, Mr. Siamwala added, “This initiative should be supported by everyone whether a PSU or Corporate or Hotel Business. We, the Oberoi Group will definitely support IFRF in whichever way we can to ensure that this initiative goes further and bring much more smiles to the face of the children.

To ensure the health and hygiene of the food prepared in the Kitchen and prevent any external contamination, a routine health checkup of all the employees is done on a regular basis in the period of 6 months. On 23rd May, ESIC (Employees’ State Insurance Corporation) Hospital, Gurugram organised HEALTH SCREENING CAMP at IFRF, Haryana’s Gurugram centre where doctors from different health departments-Medicine, Gynae, Surgery and Optometry were present. The doctors screened more than hundred employees and checked for various health issues and symptoms.

The whole process of screening was carried out in a very organized way. The registration counter was established where the employees could register themselves and medical masks were provided to them before entering the room for checkup. The pharmacy was also established by the ESIC Hospital team and medicines were provided to the employees at no external cost. Shortly after the successful Health Screening, the ESIC team made a Kitchen Visit at the same centre. The visit was headed by the Manager of Gurugram Kitchen, Mr. Rahul Saxena and H.G. Ramatma Das (Manager-Promotion). “IFRF’s method of food preparation with NO-TOUCH Technique is highly commendable. We feel privileged in associating with IFRF and wish to help them at our level, in whichever way we can,” said Dr. Saugaat, HOD-MedicineESIC Hospital (Gurugram).

IFRF, Haryana is currently operational in four districts of Haryana-Gurugram, Faridabad, Palwal and Kurukshetra. The mid-day meal kitchens at IFRF does more than just feed hungry children, it provides them blessed food, which helps to bring the children into a positive relationship with their health, community and environment.

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Hunger Initiatives

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“If you want to eliminate hunger, everybody has to be involved.” – Bono

When we talk about hunger, everyone has had a taste of it. No matter rich or poor, a person needs to fulfill his/her hunger. Try once not to eat for a day or two, you might feel weak. Now, think about those who don’t get food for days and struggle everyday in their lives to afford at least one meal in one whole day. People who suffer everyday in their lives are not alone in this battle. There are many who have stepped up to lighten their burden and support them by their contribution in helping them to survive in the society.

Here are 5 inspiring stories of individuals who took the much needed leap of faith and started an initiative to help the otherwise neglected section of the society:

1. Roti Bank

Starting with the initiative step to donate books to underprivileged children, Rishikesh Narayan Singh, a postgraduate (sociology) from Patna University thought to take another step and start the campaign ‘Roti Bank’ to ensure that underprivileged people in the state capital, Patna, do not sleep hungry. Rishikesh runs a community school, Gyanshala, for underprivileged kids. The initiative is to collect fresh meal from the households and deliver it to those who cannot afford to buy food. Their target is to feed 100 people everyday. A team of volunteers associated with the Roti Bank puts on lots of effort to achieve their target. The members check freshness and quality of the food and deliver it to the target locations. ‘Roti Bank’ provides healthy and fresh meals to the people residing on footpath, outside the railway station, temples and hospitals.

2. FEED (Food, Education & Economic Development)

Founder of Food, Education & Economic Development (FEED), Chandra Sekhar Kundu, a Computer Science Teacher at Asansol Engineering College in West Bengal, took a step towards controlling of food wastage. He and his team of students visit eateries around the campus regularly to collect food and then distribute it among underprivileged children and elderly, four times a week. The eateries giveaway excess food, which they would have otherwise dumped. The food is mostly distributed to beggars and street dwellers. He thought to do this when he observed that a huge amount of food was being wasted in his college canteen while he was paying his bill for his meal. He then started taking interest and took a step along with some of his students.

3. Let’s Feed Bengaluru (LFB)

We try to avoid eye contact with underprivileged ones, ignoring at our best. However, one of us, Harshil Mittal, a software developer in Bengaluru, refused to do so. He came up with the most effective idea to push away hunger for such people in our society, cooking a little extra food in every home. Underprivileged children and elderly citizens are thankful to him and wait every third Sunday of the month to satisfy themselves with homemade food to eat. Harshil started his initiative in October 2015, with three of his friends, Rishiom, Selina, Ashutosh. Initially, he went door to door in his housing society, told residents about the concept and asked them whether they would be interested in participating. Today, the group goes by the name “Let’s Feed Bengaluru” (LFB) and boasts of an extensive network of donors and 750 registered volunteers.

4. Youngistaan

Youngistaan Foundation was initiated by Arun Daniel Yellamaty in 2012 in Hyderabad which focuses on feeding the homeless on weekends. It has turned into a big foundation which now has almost 300 volunteers. Arun Daniel with his team started with visiting 6 orphanages and gave tuition to the children from class 1st to 12th. He gradually expanded his work and started feeding the underprivileged people on Saturdays and Sundays. He not just feeded the homeless but also provided them clothes, medical help, etc. The kind of transformation they have brought among the homeless people is beyond its imagination. From giving showers to haircuts to shave, people have observed total makeover among them. Their work has been an inspiration to all.

5. Make The World Wonderful

Meghana Dabbara, 19-year-old girl from Hyderabad, crafted a model. Through her model, she wanted to provide a residential schooling shelter for the underprivileged providing education about gender equality, secularism, and equality across caste, class, creed and colour. When she was 17, she thought to have her own organisation and began with her own ‘start up’, searched for a suitable team for her. She then connected with Khyathi from Hyderabad, Saumya Katuri from California, and Pranita Garimella from New York. As of now, she is continuing as per her model and taking up the responsibilities for underprivileged children which includes, food, accommodation, education and everything else.

The major cause is poverty due to which many of the underprivileged children face harsh conditions and end up being trapped for life. So, stop thinking whether to take a step or not, instead take a small step from your home itself. With each small step you take, you might make a big difference to someone else’s life.

BJP, Haryana appreciates IFRF, Haryana’s selfless work

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ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF), provides mid-day meals to 2.5 lakh children of more than 2 thousand government schools in the four districts of Haryana – Gurugram, Palwal, Kurukshetra and Faridabad. The main objective of IFRF is to provide healthy and nutritious food to the children which helps them in physical and mental development.

Mr. Raman Malik, BJP Spokesperson (Haryana) having mid-day meal with the students at Government Primary School, Sector 4/7, Gurgaon

On 11th May, BJP Spokesperson (Haryana), Mr. Raman Malik visited the Gurugram Kitchen along with his wife, son and daughter. IFRF-Vice Chairman (North India Chapter), Mr. Dhananjay Krishna Das, Rahul Saxena (Manager of Gurugram Kitchen) and Mr. Ramatma Das (Promotion-Incharge) welcomed and gave them a complete kitchen tour. On observing the mid-day meals being prepared using the modern techniques, Mr. Raman Malik said, “IFRF is doing a great selfless work in the social sector. On one hand, many children don’t get enough food and on the other there are children who rely on the mid-day meal provided in school for their physical and mental growth. Lord is pleased with such humane service and I hope IFRF continues to serve him with this beautiful feeling.” He was amazed by seeing 20 thousand Chapatis being made in one hour. On observing the unmatched modern infrastructure of the kitchen, he described ISKCON Food Relief Foundation as the excellent example of the welfare of society.

After the Kitchen-Visit, Mr. Raman Malik spent some time among the students of the Government Primary School, Sector 4/7 and distributed mid-day meal to the children with his own hands. He addressed the students in the presence of Principal – Mrs. Suman Sharma and Chief Principal – Mr. Ashok. During his addressal, he encouraged the students to work hard, make progress and aim to achieve high positions in the big companies of Gurgaon.

On a departing note, Mr. Malik said, “IFRF’s work is unique and commendable. Our state government will provide help and support in every way and will try to propose the said mid day meal in other districts as well. Other big companies should also go ahead with the IFRF.

Another BJP leader, the Deputy Mayor, Faridabad – Mr. Manmohan Garg also visited the IFRF mid-day meal Kitchen on 6th May. He made a thorough visit and made sure to know about all the ongoing processes in the Kitchen. He appreciated the philanthropic work of IFRF-feeding school children and bringing in more students in the school to study. He assured all-round support in the city of Faridabad. Immediately the bottlenecks of Municipal Corporation were resolved by him while sitting in the premise of the Foundation, for he was so impressed and wished to serve in his capacity.

An upcoming BJP leader, Brahm Yadav – Councillor, Municipal Corporation Gurugram too had a first hand experience of the preparation of midday meal at Gurugram Kitchen of IFRF, Haryana. He was amazed with the maintenance of sanitation and hygiene in the premises and appreciated the selfless work of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana.

The mid-day meal project carried out by IFRF, Haryana serves Satvik Food – Blessed Food to the children which helps the child to grow based on that nutrition, makes him healthier, stronger, brighter and more determined in their life. IFRF, Haryana wishes to impart moral values by the medium of food and always look forward to active participation and support to help achieve the greater heights in the endeavour of providing nutritious food to the school children.

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Education and Poverty

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Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and in a developing country like India, we have a lot that needs to be changed with a proper course of action. One of them being poverty.

Poverty is the state of not being able to fulfill the basic necessities like shelter, adequate food, clothing, medicines, etc. The reason behind poverty and hunger in India is the lack of education. The rapidly rising population causes lack of job opportunities, which again results in poverty.

In India, poverty can be eradicated when everyone in this country comes together and makes a joint effort. We can’t just rely on Government to make new programmes every year, even we need to take a step forward and do something about this horrific situation. These programmes would be effective only when we start making an effort and understand the need of the hour.

Education is the most effective tool to tackle the large-scale poverty entrenched in all parts of India. It is the only way out to a better India where there is no poverty, hunger and illiteracy. Providing education to poor people will help them to be qualified to get a job. These jobs will help them to improve their financial condition.. Hence reducing hunger and poverty.

We, at IFRF have taken a step towards a better India by providing midday meal to students in the government schools. This helps them in two ways: One, they get a healthy meal which provides them with all the essential nutrients for a healthy body and mind. And second, they are being educated which will ensure them a better future and bring India out from the claws of illiteracy and poverty.

IFRF, Haryana believes in improving the life standard of children and promote education keeping children’s health in mind. If children are educated, they can contribute their significant bit to the process of nation-building and that day won’t be far when India will finally escape and be free from the chains poverty.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited, R&D signs Letter of Intent with IFRF, Haryana

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The two social problems in India – Poverty and Hunger go hand in hand. Not every poor person is hungry, but almost all hungry people are poor. So, to eradicate the problem, we need to start with its root cause. ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana currently serves midday meal to more than two thousand schools in Haryana.

“Letter of Intent” Exchange Between IOCL-R&D’s Chief General Manager, Mr. TSR Gopalarao and Dhananjaya Krishna Das, IFRF’s Vice Chairman-North India

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), R&D centre at Faridabad recognized the great work done by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana (IFRF) in the field of Midday meal. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility scheme, the entire burden of Cooking gas and Delivery Vehicle’s CNG will be borne by Indian Oil Corporation. On 23rd April, in the august presence of Honorable Minister of Industries & Environment (Government of Haryana), “Letter of Intent” was exchanged between IFRF’s Vice Chairman-North India, Dhananjaya Krishna Das & Mr. TSR Gopalarao, IOCL-R&D’s Chief General Manager.

The domestic waste from the households of Faridabad will be picked, segregated and converted into Biogas by a unique Bio-Methanation Patented Plant conceptualized in-house by the IOCL’s R&D centre. The amazing CSR activity is the result of a joint collaboration by IOCL with HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority), MCF (Municipal Corporation of Faridabad), Ecogreen Energy and IFRF, Haryana. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Vipul Goel – Minister of Industries & Environment described IFRF as the true and deserving recipient of the CSR activity. Also Dr. SSV Ramakumar, Director – R&D centre felt privileged to help ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana in feeding 60 thousand students of the Faridabad district.

In regard to the alarming situation where 40% of all Indian children still remain malnourished, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana with the motto Food for Life has started an initiative #ZEROHUNGERHARYANA – an attempt to eradicate hunger and malnutrition to make Haryana – A Hunger Free State. With Act Social, one of the fastest growing cause marketing company as the program’s implementing partner, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) shall endeavour to accelerate #ZEROHUNGERHARYANA as a state wise and then a country wise program. The campaign will enable and motivate children to go to schools regularly by providing them hygienic and nutritious food.

Act Social, being the implementation partner contributes majorly towards developing a sustainable support system to the program. It will help in building the capacities and make channel to bring in units together to nurture the program. The prospective partners for this cause are the food serving establishments whether in a hotel/food court or in a stand alone kiosk. #ZEROHUNGERHARYANA aims to become a much bigger platform for all F&B outlets, Influencers, Media and other Organisations to come together in action for a sustained and healthier world.

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana currently provides meals to Government Primary & Upper Primary Schools and is operational in four districts of Haryana – GurugramPalwal, Faridabad and Kurukshetra. With this, IFRF (Haryana) wishes to fill the hunger gap by serving sanctified food to the children in their growing years.

With the aim to bring large number of individuals to make efforts together to stop hunger, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation, Haryana along with Act Social calls everyone to partner and assist for adequate fundraising towards feeding the children in need.

#ZEROHUNGERHARYANA

Join and Support the movement to eradicate hunger from its root.

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Healthy Food, Healthy Child

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As a parent or guardian, the health of your child must be a priority for you and a good health can be achieved only through a good and nutritious diet. A nutritious diet is no less than a boon for a child. Every child requires a balanced diet that meets the body’s needs and to ensure that all you have to do is make sure that a child’s nutrient requirement is met by aiming at three meals a day.

Healthy food for a child includes a wide variety of fresh food from the following five food groups:

Dairy

The food that comes under this category are excellent source of calcium which helps in strengthening the bones. Not a lot of food contains as much calcium as dairy products. Yogurt, cheese and all liquid milk products come under this category.

Fruits

Fruit gives a child energy, vitamins, antioxidants, fibre, phytonutrients (nutrients naturally present in plants) and water that will help a child’s body to remain healthy. The best source of antioxidants are blueberries, guava, oranges, strawberries, etc.

Vegetables, Legumes and Beans 

Vegetables should make up a large part of your daily food intake. They provide vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and phytonutrients which keeps your body healthy. Legumes and Beans are a great source of vegetarian protein.

Grain foods

This food group includes cereals, breads, rice, corn, etc. Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or any other cereal grain is a grain food. These food gives a child the energy he needs to grow.

Protein

Our body uses the protein we eat to make chemicals such as hemoglobin and adrenaline. It is very important for the growth of a child as it helps in the brain and muscle development. It even builds, maintains and repairs the body tissues.

Food from all these food groups are the key to a healthy child but there are a lot of underprivileged children whose parents can’t afford to give them a nutritious diet so in order to make sure that every child gets a healthy diet ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) takes the initiative to improve the nutritional intake of such children.

The food that we serve is prepared in centralized hi-tech kitchens using the most effective, efficient and hygienic techniques so that no child is left undernourished and at the same time deprived of education due to poverty. For some of the children the meal that we provide might be the only meal that they eat in the entire day, so the aim is to make sure that it is healthy, nutritious and fibrous.

A decade and a half of selfless service by IFRF Haryana

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Formed and registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950, ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian charitable Public Trust. IFRF under the brand name Annamrita has been successfully doing selfless service of providing nutritious cooked meals to the Municipal and Government aided schools, free of charge.

The word Annamrita means ‘food as pure as nectar and IFRF, Haryana justifies the same through its virtuous work of providing nutritious food full of mother’s warmth to the underprivileged children. With the aim of providing Satvik Aahar to the children, IFRF ensures healthy food with right nutrition to the children that helps them in their formative years.

Over the course of time, many notable figures have been a part of IFRF’s noble cause. On the occasion of her 44th birthday, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan sponsored meals for 1,000 students for a year under the Mid-Day Meal Programme run byAnnamrita”. Other notable figures like Hema Malini and Sheila Dixit have also appreciated the work of IFRF in the past. Former President, Pranab Mukherjee has appreciated the selfless work of ISKCON Food Relief Foundation of serving mid-day meals to government school children. Vice-President of India, Venkaiah Naidu wholeheartedly showed appreciation for IFRF’s Annamrita program as well. Since, the commencement of Mid-Day Meal Programme in North India in 2003, IFRF has reached a milestone of providing meals to nearly 2.5 lakh children around more than 2000 schools on a daily basis.

With the state-of-the-art high-tech mega kitchen, IFRF is the first in the mass meal category to be accredited ISO and HACCP certification. This mega-kitchen ensures the good quality of the food which can be judged by the fact that each worker has to pass through a medical checkup after every six months. It ensures that worker doesn’t have any kind of skin or respiratory disease which may be hindrance to maintaining the hygiene of the food.

Under the Mid-Day Meal Programme, the food provided to school children is packed with all the important fibres, vitamins and nutrients essential in the growing age of the child. Many students coming to such schools are unable to get 3 time’s meal at home. Through this Mid-Day Meal, one nutritious meal a day brings thousands of children to school. For such noble deed, UN World Food Programme (UNWFP) also supports and appreciates the organisation’s North India Chapter.

The Mid-Day Meal serves as a saviour to many underprivileged children for whom the meal we provide may be the only meal they receive in the entire day. Different varieties of meal are prepared for the children to maintain their taste and interest. The meals are customised as per the regional or local taste of the area.

IFRF Haryana, not only feeds the children, it provides them the food with good moral values and ethics, thus imparting positive thoughts to them. This selfless service done by ISKCON Food Relief Foundation is appreciated by teachers and students alike. Good thoughts, nutritious food and a bright future, that’s what IFRF wishes for every children.

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Hunger and US!

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India, a developing nation with a population of 1.3 billion faces some serious problems, out of which one of the major problem is Hunger. Despite the fact that India’s growth in Industrial and Economic Sectors is phenomenal still it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children. In 2017, India was ranked at 100th position in Global Hunger Index out of 119 countries which is three positions below than its rank in 2016.

India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world. Although everyone is aware of the fact but the figures below clearly show the real situation of the country in terms of hunger,

  • 14.5% of our population is undernourished
  • 190.7million people go hungry everyday
  • 21.0% of children under 5 are underweight
  • 38.4% of children under 5 years of age are stunted
  • 3,000 children in India die every day from poor diet related illness

Common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia, and malaria affect malnourished children quickly and they have a higher risk of death from these diseases. Government has taken many initiatives for the upliftment of children as well as women in India. They have implemented schemes like Mid Day Meal Scheme, Annapurna Scheme for senior citizens,etc. For the betterment of the society, children specifically ISKCON Food Relief Foundation (IFRF) has also taken a step forward towards this initiative.

ISKCON Food Relief Foundation organises Mid-Day Meal Programmes in various government schools and provide nutritious food to school going children. This initiative is taken by IFRF in order to curb hunger and starvation in India so that no child dies of hunger or malnourishment. The aim of this project is to rescue children from the dangerous cycle of malnourishment and illiteracy, so as to provide children with proper nutrition along with quality education.

Though the initiative is a small step taken towards the immense problem of Hunger and Illiteracy in India, but we wholeheartedly hope to bring a positive change and aim to make India – A Hunger Free Nation.