By Tash Morgan, Finatrade Corporate Communication Officer
Recent statistics show that 50% of Ghanaians do not have enough to eat and over 45% of food is wasted in Ghana. The majority of Ghanaians have developed consumption lifestyles, and cook more food than they can eat, throwing the left- over’s into dustbins. On national front a lot of foodstuffs are lost during harvest due to inadequate storage facilities and poor transportation networks. In addition, UNICEF statistics indicate that over 50,000 children are living and working on the streets of Ghana with nearly 50% in the capital city. Most of these children are chronically undernourished.
Feast of Hope is an event being organized by Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation to mark UN World Food Day, and create awareness about eliminating hunger and encouraging food security.
The event will be held on Wednesday October 16th 2013 at Obra Spot in Accra, where Chefs for Change members will cook and package food and drinks, which will then be distributed to the street children, homeless, mentally handicapped, orphans and the aged, by Ghanaian celebrities and volunteers together, with the chefs, from a mobile float on a demarcated route through the city.
Together with product donations from Rice Master’s, Sadia, and Mr. Snacky corn snack, the Finatrade Foundation is sponsoring all of the food costs associated with the Feast of Hope event. The Foundation and sponsors presented their support to Chefs for Change at a press launch on Monday 7th October. The Foundation’s participation in the Feast of Hope has been made possible through generous donations received from Finatrade staff in honour of the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.
Chefs for Change will carry out a sensitization program throughout the feeding exercise, where volunteers and participants on the float will display banners, flyers and handouts, as well give a briefing on the problems of food wastage, hunger and homelessness in Ghana. Look out for an update on the Feast of Hope in the next edition of the Finatrade Filla.
Source: Finatrade Filla Staff Newsletter, October/ November 2013 edition