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Close the Food Gap, Feed Hungry Families– Foodbank Nigeria

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International FoodBank Group

A food outreach held at shoprite

The Foodbank Nigeria, has urged Nigerians
to close the food gap by feeding hungry families who are close to them.

The organisation shared its thought and strategy to
achieve this goal in the interest of humanity on the occasion of the marking of
the World Hunger Day in Lagos recently.

It raised an alarm that 870
million; about one-eighth of the world’s population lived in extreme hunger and
poverty on less than $1 a day.

                                     Coordinator, Foodbank Nigeria, Paul Achem

According to the Foodbank, more people died of
hunger than of HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It added that millions
of women, men and children died each year because of chronic persistent hunger,
and that about two million of the people were children.

It however said that the World
Hunger Day was about raising awareness of extreme conditions in which some
people find themselves due to hunger. It therefore dedicate the day  to inspire people in both the developed and
developing world to show their solidarity and support to enable many people
live in better conditions out of hunger and poverty.

Project Coordinator, Foodbank
Nigeri, Paul Achem, hopes that the World Hunger Day will encourage more
organisations to work in partnership with one another, and with the women, men
and children in the developing world who seek to bring about a sustainable end
to hunger and poverty.

The  organization emphasised that while the world
focused on high profile crises, it was vital to recognise that 90 per cent
majority of those suffering from hunger and poverty lived in other parts of the
world not affected by famine, earthquake or flood, but because of the chronic
persistent hunger that exists in the developing world, in particular, Africa,
South Asia and Latin America.

“Hunger is not due merely to
lack of food,” it says, “It occurs when people lack opportunity to earn enough
income to be educated and gain skills to meet basic health needs and have a
voice in the decisions that affect their community.”

Foodbank Nigeria is a non-profit,
non-denominational organisation that secures and distributes food donations to
community food programmes (called agencies) which feed the hungry.

It has on its board of
trustees Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, Dr. Enyantu Ifenne, Mrs. Owanari Duke, Alhaji
Tajudeen Dantata, Mr. Laolu Sasore, Mrs. Yinka Ayoyusuf and Mr. Bisi Oshuneye.

On the Advisory Board are
Alhaji Sani Dangote, Mrs Kehinde Kamson and Her Excellency, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi.

Foodbank Nigeria works as an
aid clearing house, which coordinates and maximizes the distribution of
donations through identified channels and food programmes. It is building
partnerships in an advanced network of warehouses, transportation systems,
agencies, volunteers, and organizations working together to achieve zero hunger

In partnership with
manufacturers, retailers, restaurants, farmers, government, and individuals,
Foodbank is confronting hunger in Nigeria, and extending the budgets of
agencies involved in feeding programmes.

The impact of Foodbank
programmes is estimated to stretching budgets of feeding programmes by up to 8
times of their original impact values.  The Foodbank Nigeria initiative is part of the
Global Food banking network, which is active in different capacities in at
least 23 countries.

 Its mission is to effectively address
identified food gaps in Nigeria through sourcing and distribution of food,
education, advocacy and empowerment strategies.

Its target capacity is to
provide 5 million meals a day through at least 5,000 pre-assessed and
registered nonprofit community food programmes (agencies) nationwide.

It provides a viable and
reputable platform for food assistance and support existing and new activities
seeking to provide community-based support in this direction.

It believes that, through
activities of Foodbank Nigeria, the number of agencies (registered community
food programmes) will expand considerably and helping to achieve their daily
meal target.

See how you can help here:


Give Food —A tin of milk or a box of cereals can
make a difference in a family.

Give Time- We rely on volunteers for various
administrative needs to source, inspect, sort, store and distribute food and
related items.

Give Money —Commit to a regular donation scheme.
Personnel matching gift is a way of getting staff involved – an investment that
yields unquantifiable dividends.

Be An Advocate– It takes more than food to address the hunger situation. Stand up and
speak for Foodbank at any given opportunity to raise more support.

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