It Starts With a Meal™
TAKE ACTION TODAY TO END HUNGER TOMORROW. It starts with a meal. It leads to resilience, self-sufficiency, education, empowerment and bright futures in communities worldwide.
EDUCATION STARTS WITH A MEAL
Rosmery, a five-year-old living in Honduras, found it difficult to trust and interact with others when her home environment became hostile and difficult after her parents split up. The situation left her with signs of trauma, and she struggled to access food. She would often scavenge the landfill, even memorizing the days the garbage truck arrived with “fresh” trash. Through Rise Against Hunger’s in-country partner, Convoy of Hope, Rosmery began participating in their school feeding program, where she receives nourishing meals. Rosmery is now receiving an education, social support, and psychological care at school. People have witnessed that her demeanor has changed. She seems happier, looks forward to school and eating with her friends.
RECOVERY STARTS WITH A MEAL
In early 2022, Ukraine faced a refugee crisis due to ongoing conflict. In response to the crisis, we provided thousands of nourishing meal kits and supplies to those affected and displaced from their homes in collaboration with Rise Against Hunger Italia and other global partners. Meal kits contained pulses, grains, pasta, oil, dried fruit, canned goods, fruit juice, pre-packaged snacks, and baby food.
OPPORTUNITY STARTS WITH A MEAL
Michael, age 42, is a rice farmer living with his wife and two children in Malawi’s Karonga district. In 2020, he joined the Harvesting Prosperity and Resilience project, implemented in Malawi through a partnership with Rise Against Hunger and FOCUS. The project works to enhance the food and nutrition security of smallholder farmers in Malawi’s Karonga and Mzimba districts by improving food production, nutrition practices and incomes. With five kilograms of rice seed that he received through the project in 2022, Michael harvested 2,000 kilograms of rice and was then able to sell some of his harvests, earning the equivalent of $583. He plans to cultivate more land this year to increase his harvest even more. With dreams of being a role model in his village, he believes that his increased rice crop will enable that dream to become a reality.
Join the Celebration in Zimbabwe
In partnership with ADRA Zimbabwe, our Planting Seeds for Strong Communities program has developed long-term food security and stimulated the local agricultural economy in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe. As a result, five partner schools in Zimbabwe are now cultivating school gardens to provide children with daily meals.
Nourishing Lives One Meal at a Time
As participants in the Planting Seeds for Strong Communities program for five years, Gokwe North, Zimbabwe residents have seen outstanding results: local school attendance increased by up to 35%, school meals are provided up to five times a week and local farmers support school feeding programs while earning additional income. Meet program participants in the Zimbabwe Celebration Series below.
Real-Life Impact in Zimbabwe
Attendance Increased 35% at Five Schools in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe – Find Out Why
Meet Godfrey and Taurai, Two Impactful School Leaders in Gokwe-North, Zimbabwe
Visit the Farms of Siphiwe and Pedro in Gokwe North, Zimbabwe!
When we start conversations about the power and importance of a meal, it also reinforces the critical necessity of addressing food insecurity. Using #ItStartsWithaMeal on social media, share your favorite international recipe, the difference a single meal can make and how your friends and family can support the global hunger crisis.
TRY ALL THE #MEALPOWER RECIPES!
In honor of the It Starts With a Meal movement, check out these special dishes from food and lifestyle influencers. Download the recipe cards to try your hand at making these globally-inspired dishes!
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Take part in the #itstartswithameal global effort on social! It Starts With a Meal is supported by a $50,000 donation from campaign sponsor, Red Star Yeast.