Like most of the people I know, we are having three regular meals a day and then some. Even on days that we are overwhelmed with work stuff, we simply can’t skip having a hearty meal, this is where food delivery like Food Panda comes in. This mobile app becomes very relevant to us, thus making them the world’s leading online food ordering and delivery platform.
As much as we try to be well-fed, sad news is, there’s still a fraction of our population who cannot even afford to have a decent meal once a day. L
According to the country’s National Report from UNICEF in 2010, we have the highest prevalence of food inadequacy among Asia’s ‘tiger cub economies’ from 2005 to 2012. Poverty has long been rampant in some parts of the country and is now also being considered to be the root of other major societal issues. This is what motivates the team behind the non-profit, multi-national organization, Rise Against Hunger (RAH), to team up with local groups and companies who view hunger the same way and aim to alleviate the Philippines of this crippling problem.
Proceeds of the program are usually being spent to buy primary goods and necessities which are then being packed and delivered by volunteers to remote barangays and provinces nationwide. The meal packaging program has an assembly process involving the combination of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals into meal packets. Having a shelf life of two years, the food is stored easily and has to be transported quickly.
This year’s meal packaging event is hosted by the Department of Health Manila Head Office and gathered almost 2,000 meal packs for the indigenous communities in Candelaria, Zambales. “We believe that there is no small or grand gesture when it comes to helping out the community. Our collective effort will definitely go a long way, creating ripples of change, and making a big impact,” says Iacopo Rovere, CEO of foodpanda Philippines.
Our hats off to Food Panda and RAH for these advocacy and we hope there will be more opportunities like this.