Monday, October 15, 2018

Raintree and Restaurants Against Hunger

Malnourished children, hungry citizens of war, kids with stunted growth, poor drinking water access, roadblocks to living a decent child life...

These are words that break my heart every time, I read or hear about them. I can't bear it, to see my own kids or I, myself, even in that situation, when it is hope that you only cling on to, even if you don't know if you will have something to eat in the coming days or would those days be worth living.

Sometimes, as much as you'd want to help, things get in the way - being busy with our family, work or you can't just find time to extend the proper help needed, or maybe we just have way many excuses to be good Samaritans.

But what if I tell you there is one easy way we could help, even in our own little ways.

Imagine, quick responses for emergency food aids, and hygiene kits; safe water and sanitation facilities; Nutrition and Food Security and livelihood projects to displaced people due to war and other conflicts; slowly ending wasting issues and malnutrition - all by just ordering featured dishes in establishments that are part of Restaurants Against Hunger.

Dishes That Feed More

As diners, we can be a part of the movement to help provide food to the most disadvantaged children and their families in the country by patronizing the participating restaurants and ordering the featured dish/es labelled as “dishes that feed more.”

Raintree Restaurants and several others have joined the campaign by  donating a portion of the sale of specially marked dishes on their menu to projects combating child malnutrition in the Philippines. This is what "Restaurants Against Hunger" is all about.

Every time you dine at Raintree Restaurants from October 1 to December 1, 2018, you will also be a part of this worldwide project.

Below are the featured dishes of Raintree...

The campaign started on World Food Day in France in 1998 and has been implemented in Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the USA.  In the Philippines, “Restaurants Against Hunger” is on its third year has helped make it possible for Action Against Hunger to implement several programs.

The most recent was their response to the Marawi conflict where a total of 206,613 individuals benefitted from the nutrition screening and distribution of emergency food aid and hygiene kits. The organization also provided access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Through their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects in the areas of Masbate, North Cotabato and Maguindanao they have provided rural barangays access to clean water, created tap stands and toilets, and conducted hygiene promotion sessions to fight the spread of diseases that will lead to malnutrition.  A total of 180 Barangays were declared as Zero Open Defecation Communities, positively affecting 738,566 individuals. To maintain the culture of cleanliness, 730 Barangay Health Workers were trained to continue the work started. “Restaurants Against Hunger” has also funded nutrition and food security, and livelihood projects in Zamboanga City for the internally displaced people that were forced to evacuate their homes during the 2013 siege. 

Based on the latest survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, more than 3.8 million or 33.4% of Filipino children are stunted.  This number is up from 30.1% in 2015. Stunting, also called Chronic Malnutrition refers to a child who is too short for his or her age.  It is the result of poor nutrition during early childhood.  Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential. The effects are irreversible and can last a lifetime. These children face learning difficulties in school, get sick more often, and earn less as adults. The same survey also identified 800,000 or 7.1 percent of Filipino children to be suffering from wasting. Wasting, also called Acute Malnutrition refers to a child who is too thin for his or her height.  It is the result of rapid weight loss or the failure to gain weight due to poor nutrient intake or disease. Children suffering from wasting have weakened immunity, are vulnerable to long term developmental delays, and face an increased risk of death. 

“In 2016, Action Against Hunger and the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS), an international think tank that focuses on geopolitical and strategic issues, released a study entitled  "Socio-economy of Chronic Malnutrition in the Philippines: A preliminary key trends analysis by 2030” to support strategic action in fighting malnutrition in the Philippines. According to the study, the Philippines ranked 9th among countries with the highest number of stunted children,” revealed Action Against Hunger Country Director, Guy Halsey. “It’s imperative that we take steps to stop the upward trajectory of malnutrition in the country.  Restaurants Against Hunger is a start and everybody can participate. We can all channel our passion for food into life-saving impact against hunger and child malnutrition,” he added.

To know more about the campaign, visit or follow these social media accounts @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH and @ActionAgainstHungerPH on Facebook, @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH on Instagram and #EndHungerPH on Twitter.


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