Restaurants step up to tackle hunger

Over 200 UK restaurants will encourage diners to donate money to support malnourished children as part of a charitable campaign this autumn.

The likes of Hawksmoor, Yo! Sushi and Hakkasan are supporting Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food campaign during September and October by asking customers to add £1 to their bill at the end of their meal.

The proceeds go towards raising funds to support communities in the UK and across the world who are facing life-threatening hunger.

The charity supports community kitchen and malnutrition treatment centres, water, sanitation and healthcare projects as well as those assisting people impacted by covid-19.

It says the lives of 11 million children under five are currently at risk because of life-threatening hunger with the World Health Organisation estimating that in total 265 million people around the world are currently facing a hunger crisis, a rise of 130 million on the pre-pandemic figure.

“The world is facing a global hunger pandemic with millions of people suffering from lack of food due to poverty, climate change, conflict and covid. Our UK restaurants and those eating out are in a fantastic and unique position to make an impact in the fight against global hunger,” said Jean-Michel Grand, executive director of Action Against Hunger.

The Love Food Give Food Campaign is celebrating its tenth year. Action Against Hunger says £1 on each bill will cover the cost of a day’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to treat a severely malnourished child; £25 can fund an emergency kitchen kit for a family of five people; and £42 is enough to pay for a 6-week treatment of ready to use therapeutic food to help save a malnourished child’s life.

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