May 27, 2019
As the global population turns its attention to World Hunger Day, Hands for Hunger (H4H) will once again rally the public to raise awareness for those who struggle with food insecurity on a daily basis in The Bahamas.
Through the Dine On The Line challenge and Food for Thought panel discussion, H4H will promote a weeklong dialogue on the reality of access to nutritional food in the nation.
Sponsored by The D’Aguilar Art Foundation, this year’s social awareness campaign kicks off one day before World Hunger Day, which is commemorated around the world every year on May 28th.
The Dine On The Line Challenge is the first leg of the campaign where participants are challenged to spend no more than $4.00 a day for four days to cover their food costs.
In 2013, The Bahamas Department of Statistics conducted a Household Expenditure Survey. Based on the data received, it was reported that the absolute poverty line is $11.64 per person per day and is the amount an individual needs to meet his/her basic necessities.
Of the $11.64, an estimated $3.82 is spent on food, hence the $4.00 amount. This year, participants are once again encouraged to stand in solidarity with the estimated 43,000 people living below the poverty line.
The idea is to encourage the public to thoughtfully consider the reality of those who struggle to make ends meet and, in the process,, evoke a sense of empathy.
On May 30th, the 7th Annual Food for Thought panel will sum up the charge of H4H to the Bahamian community with a very timely discussion - “Feeding the Future: Are We Doing Enough?” Attendees will engage with several distinguished speakers, namely government professional Daisry Higgs (Ministry of Education’s School Feeding Program); technology specialist Travis Miller (Shift the Culture); religious leader Pastor Dale Moss (Church of God of Prophecy Shirley Street); food industry professional Renea Bastian (AML Foods); international panelist Rayna Andrews (Feeding America Wisconsin); with media personality Naughty, guiding the conversation as moderator. The various presenters will focus on the current state of the food culture in The Bahamas and if as a collective, is the community is doing enough to ensure food security in the future.
Panelists will share what they have contributed to food security in the Bahamas, and to be self-reflective about what they personally and their industry can do to help us reach a hunger free Bahamas.
Delivering fresh, surplus food to those in need!
Food for Thought is presented by The D’Aguilar Art Foundation and will take place Thursday, May 30th at the Harry C. Moore Library Auditorium, University of The Bahamas at 6:00 p.m. This event is free for the public.
To join the fight against hunger and find out more about the World Hunger Day campaigns visit the Hands For Hunger website at www.handsforhunger.org.
About Hands For Hunger:
Hands For Hunger is committed to the elimination of unnecessary hunger and the reduction of food waste through the creation of meaningful and engaging partnerships formed amongst all sectors of the Bahamian community. Hands For Hunger is a registered not-for-profit Bahamian charity (#57211) based in New Providence, Nassau, The Bahamas that collects and delivers donated surplus fresh food from local hotels, wholesalers, restaurants, farms, and caterers to social service programs across the island in two refrigerated trucks. Hands For Hunger depends on volunteers, corporate partners, community/civic groups and the generosity of the Bahamian community to perform its mission. For more information please visit: www.handsforhunger.org, email us at: email@example.com or call 327.1660.