FOOD BANK AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROJECTS
Hunger state in Kenya
- In Kenya, the people most exposed to hunger live in urban informal settlements and in the arid and semi-arid regions that make up 80 % of the country’s land area. Close to quarter of the population live in these regions, which suffer from insufficiencyand disease. Famine, drought and unpredictable rain patterns worsen the situation.
- Most people tend to respond to drought by adopting harmful coping practices, such as selling their only money-earning assets, withdrawing children from school, and undertake income-generating activities that damage their state and in large scale the economy.
- High levels of malnourishment afflict the country’s poorest people. Approximately 369,000 children under 5 years are suffering from acute malnutrition causing death among children.
- As food insecurity rates hold stable at the highest levels ever, the use of food banks has risen to meet the need of feeding a country of 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
- Lasting food insecurity combined with limited access to health services, inadequate sanitation and hygiene, and suboptimal care and feeding practices for young children. Almost quarter of Kenyan children are stunted, or small for their age. The sad apart is this is often irreversible.
- The number of people that are facing food insecurityin Kenya has risen to 4 million in February 2018, from 2.6 million in July 2017. This decline in food security has been the result of poor rainy seasons affecting crop and livestock productivity.
- Hunger is closer to us than we think
- Children and adults experience hunger in every community across the country. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even co-worker may be struggling to get sufficient to eat.
- Many people facing hunger are forced to make tough choices between buying food and medical bills, food and rent and/or food and transportation. This struggle goes beyond harming an individual family’s future, it can harm us all.
- Our main aim is achieving Zero Hunger which means ability to be relevant and effective. Food security and nutrition policies must be rooted in strong governance in our organization as M-Sadaka Trust.
- We equally aim to identify national demand for capacity in achieving national food security and nutrition . Both technical assistance and capacity strengthening may be provided through our own staff and as part of its programme activities, or through the deployment of external experts where need be.
Why we believe in Food bank as hunger solution
How has Ghana been able to feed its people?
- In the period between 1990 to 2014, Ghana has been able to reduce the number of under-nourished population from 7 million to 1 million, the number of people consuming less than the nutritionally required level declined from 13 million in 1992 (80 % of the population) to 1 million in 2013 (less than 10 %), poverty fell from 52 per cent in 1992 to 40 per cent in 1999 and to 28 per cent in 2005 – probably the best record in poverty reduction in Africa in the last 20 years. Food supply per capita has increased from around 1,600 a day to above 2,600 a day today, a level which makes the country largely self-sufficient in staples. According to Dr. Samuel Darkwah from Ghana, now a Lecturer at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic, these Ghana successes can be attributed to among others, three key developments; increased market access for farmers to sell their produce, economic reform process which restored incentives to farm production, running a successful food bank and improvement in road networks to farming areas.
Food collection strategy
- We purpose to stop by store locations in person, and explain that you’re starting up a community food bank. Inquire if the store regularly has any food items that, rather than throwing away, they could donate to the bank.
- Grocers will probably be willing to donate items that are reaching the sell-by dates and other leftover foods. If grocery store managers are skeptical of our claim, we invite them to come by the food bank on a day when we are distributing food.
- Also, we remind grocers that they won’t lose money by donating food, since they’d likely be throwing the food away otherwise.
- We have shelving set up in our bank area to separate the items according to product type (e.g. canned goods, boxes, breakfast items, fresh food, dried goods).
- We double check expiration dates and throw out any that are past the freshness date.
- When we collect items that have a specific base (like gluten-free, dairy-free, or sugar-free foods), we store them in their own area.
- When individuals come to the bank who may be diabetic or have special food needs, we shall allow them to look at the items directly and pick out a few they would like e.g these items could be kept in a distinct section of shelving or cabinets.
Food distribution strategy
- Once we have food to distribute, we figure out when people or agencies will receive food from us.
- We may only disperse donations once or twice a month.
- We get in touch with our prospective clients and inform them of the hours during which the food bank will be open, and when they can pick up their food.
- We purpose to work with other food banks in our community. For example, we may decide to alternate weeks on which each food bank distributes food in order to help a larger portion of the community.
Your support shall fill plates and nourish communities.