Empowering those in need of life’s most basic need – food – by providing grants to grassroots nonprofits.
The Food Mission is a subsidiary of Baal Dan Charities, a nonprofit focused on helping children in need through the provision of food-related relief, assistance and programs targeted at alleviating malnutrition and lack of access to food. Through its SERVING HOPE™ program, Baal Dan Charities is able to provide grants to non-profits organizations who are focused on providing food-related relief to children in need.
Food Mission was launched to support children in developing countries through:
(1) Setting up of sustainable, community-led soup kitchens and food support centers focusing on protein-rich foods for children and expectant mothers.
(2) Provision of basic nutritional needs for children living in orphanages to help decrease malnutrition, anemia and improve general health and vitality.
(3) Provision of emergency relief in the form of essential food supplies in the case of humanitarian disasters and fragile contexts where food security is an issue.
Food affects every realm of our lives – the physical, the social, the political and the spiritual.
Food is Life.
Through over 10 years of direct on-the-ground experience of Baal Dan in a variety of sectors and contexts, the factor that seemed to make the most impact for children and families was the provision of food.
Food is the great common denominator and equalizer of the human condition.
Regardless of religion, ethnicity, history, culture, economics, time or place, everyone is united by the common need for food.
“A basic meal in school is the gateway to a brighter, better and crucially, an HIV/AIDS free future.” Jim Morris, Former Executive Director, World Food Programme
Lack of access to nutritional food is a real issue that impacts many areas of a child’s life and has immense consequences socially and economically. The impact of inadequate access to food in childhood, has detrimental lifelong effects.
- Approximately 3.1 million children die from hunger each year. (UNICEF)
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. (UNICEF)
Children in Crisis Situations
- The proportion of undernourished people is about three times as high in countries with protracted crisis (conflict, natural disasters, natural resource pressures, weak governance) 39% of all people in countries with protracted crises are undernourished. (Food and Agricultural Organizations of the United Nations)
- Recent data shows 476 million children aged 3-15 live in countries affected by crises, and that amongst those: An estimated 65 million children aged 3-15 are most directly affected by emergencies and protracted crises around the world. (Overseas Development Institute)
Malnutrition and Learning
- Malnourished children score 7% lower in math tests and are 19% less likely to be able to read aged 8. (Save the Children)
- Well-nourished children are 13% more likely to be in the correct grade at school, boosting lifelong skills. (Save the Children)