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Our Volunteers cook food and Distribute it for Free. We do a common kitchen/canteen where food is served near Hospitals, Churches, Bus Stations & etc. to all the visitors (without distinction of background) for free.

Food For Free is a Hunger relief program of Lighthouse Foundation where we feed the poor, needy & Hungry people.

Food For Free is a Hunger relief program of Lighthouse Foundation where we feed the poor, needy & Hungry people.

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Adnan Abidi / Reuters
Four-month-old Vishakha, who weighs 2.3 kg (5 lbs) and suffers from severe malnutrition, rests on a bed next to her mother at the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh, India on February 1.

10 million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases.

India, with a population of over 1.2 billion, has seen tremendous growth in the past two decades. Gross Domestic Product has increased 4.5 times and per capita consumption has increased 3 times. Similarly, food grain production has increased almost 2 times. However, despite phenomenal industrial and economic growth, while India produces sufficient food to feed its population, it is unable to provide access to food to a large number of people, especially women and children.

Why is the hunger in India so alarming?

The food grain production is touching new heights every year and we are producing more than sufficient to feed our people without relying on external support. However, sufficient food production is not the only criteria to provide food security in a country and eliminate hunger.

Another critical factor that contributes to large scale hunger in India is the purchasing capacity of the households for nutritious and quality food. The households living below poverty line (BPL) do not have sufficient means to ensure food and nutritional security. NSSO data reveals that BPL households in rural India are spending as high as 70% of the consumption expenditure meeting their food requirements. The situation is similar with APL (above poverty line) which spends 50% on the same. The urban working class spends nearly 30%.

Rising food prices, infrastructure constraints in supply chain, available agricultural land, high dependency on monsoon, production technology and techniques, poor management and distribution of food commodities, efficiency and transparency of the system, and several other factors are worsening the food security scenario of the country. India needs to invest heavily in the agriculture sector which employs almost 50% of the country’s workforce and contributes 13.7% of the GDP in 2013, including the allied sectors.

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Facts about hunger in India

Largest India is home to the largest undernourished and hungry population in the world

15.2% of our population is undernourished

194.6million people go hungry everyday

30.7% of children under 5 are underweight

58% of children stunted by 2 years of age

1 in 4 children malnourished

3,000 children in India die every day from poor diet related illness

24% of under-five deaths in India

30% of neo-natal deaths in India