Businesses pull together to help the hungry

Hundreds of restaurants, hotels, and food and drink brands will take part in a campaign this autumn to help tackle hunger.

Action Against Hunger’s annual Love Food Give Food campaign launched this week with partners including restaurant chains Hawksmoor, Tapas Revolution and Shake Shack, and independents including Hakkasan, Café Namaste and The Ninth.

Customers can help raise funds in the fight against hunger in a variety of ways, including adding a £1 donation on their bill at participating restaurants, donating at retail partner checkouts or purchasing partner products.

Food brands and retailers including Pasta Evangelists, Unearthed and Gourmet Kitchen, are also taking part along with hotel chains such as The Pig Hotel and London’s Red Carnation Hotels.

Action Against Hunger operates in almost 50 countries where it works to treat malnutrition and ensure communities can access safe and nutritious food. This includes working with community-based partners in the UK where the impact of covid-19 has created an unprecedented need. New research published by the Food Standards Agency in August found as many as 10% of people in England, Northern Ireland and Wales reported having used food banks in June this year.

Last year, 690 million people around the world went to bed hungry every night due to issues of poverty, climate change and conflict, according to Action Against Hunger. And with coronavirus reaching already vulnerable communities around the world, it warned the numbers of people suffering from life-threatening forms of hunger could double with children under the age of five particularly at risk.

Cyrus Todiwala OBE, owner of London’s Café Namaste, said: “Covid-19 has sent shockwaves across the globe and nowhere are these being felt more prominently than in places like Yemen, Syria and South Sudan. They don't have our healthcare system or safety nets, and we are seeing hunger levels grow rapidly.”

He continued: “The UK has been hard hit by this virus, including within the hospitality industry, but during our darkest hour we cannot turn our back on those in need. I hope people will support this fantastic cause and all of the incredible restaurants and food brands involved that continue to bring so much hope to those in need".

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