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Feeding Programs

Hunger Relief Africa has programs to reach orphanage children, older persons above 50 years, young mothers, single mothers and families no matter where they live or spend time. At community centers or foundation schools, in the city or countryside, Hunger Relief Africa programs get food to people where they are and when they need it most.

Hunger Relief Africa partners with manufacturers & processing companies to donate critical food, personal care and home care items to affected families. We believe that manufacturers and processors are of better help to provide non-perishable donations such as pasta, peanut butter, tuna, rice and canned fruits and so forth. In collaborations with our valued partners, this allow us to identify new opportunities for donations by capturing more edible food that may have gone to waste.

Hunger Relief Africa is committed to providing nutrition in the communities with our Fresh produce initiative. The organization targets to achieve in the next three fiscal years more than 3 million dollars of fresh fruits and vegetables through the fresh produce program and annual goal to deliver 1 million dollars of produce. Through the produce program, growers are requested to donate wholesome but remarkable produce that might be plowed under, used as feeds or otherwise be thrown away. In order to rescue this highly nutritious food, Hunger Relief Africa covers the costs of harvest, sorting and packing the produce so that it is ready for distribution.

From the year 2022 to present day, global insecurity and conflict have been significant drivers of food insecurity, impacting food security and nutrition in various ways. Notably, the Russia-Ukraine war has disrupted global supply of grain, causing a spike in food and fuel prices with overall essential services. The conflicts in Sudan, which commenced in April 2023, lead to mass displacement of people, some of whom sought refuge in Uganda. This mass immigration has impacted Uganda as a country, particularly in terms of food security.

In period from 2020-2023, Uganda experienced several severe occurrence of natural disasters. Wildfires, droughts, mudslides and floods devastated communities across the country, killed hundreds, injuring thousands and rendering many homeless.

Given the intent to establish expertise in logistics, volunteer management, and emergency food distribution, the Hunger Relief Africa food distribution network is uniquely positioned to offer immediate support to individuals and families during these disasters and the long recovery period that follows. Hunger Relief Africa is grateful for the local level response it receives for disaster relief support. This assistance plays a crucial role in rescuing communities across the country in need of such aid.

At Hunger Relief Africa, we know that food assistance is not just about providing more food to people in need. It’s about offering the right kind of foods that promote health and wellness in the families we shall serve, in this regards, Hunger Relief Africa is working with Community Based Organizations to provide foods like fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy, foods which are often out of reach for many families we hesitant to serve. As a part of our effort to measure nutritional quality of the foods we deliver, Hunger Relief Africa uses a measurement standards of healthy foods adopted from a “Foods to Encourage” framework, which more closely aligns with the food groups highlighted in the Uganda Ministry of Health Dietary Guidelines.

Hunger Relief Africa is providing locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables for free distribution to those in need of emergency food assistance. In this program, we are working with the volunteers and community supporters as they are most important asset to HRA program. Volunteers normally schedule during offering during the rainy seasons to learn about and help with garden planning and program development. The program establishes community farming gardens across the districts of operations and volunteers can join during regular garden hours on calendar days of Tuesdays from 9am-12pm; and Friday 9am-12pm. Hunger Relief Africa welcome school, church and other community groups to participate into this program.

Plant-a-Row for the Hungry (PAR) is Hunger Relief Africa nexus project whose foundation is rooted in gardeners’ African community tradition of sharing bountiful harvests with others. Hunger Relief Africa promotes and creates awareness by asking the farming community to plant an additional row in their garden and deliver the harvest to a drop-off point near established food distribution centers near them. Hunger Relief Africa food distribution networks pick up the food for distribution to its local network.

As the first hunger relief organization in Africa to introduce the concept and start a prepared-food rescue project called Meal Share. The concept of Meal Share is to safely capture prepared food from restaurants, catering businesses, and other food preparation entities and distribute it to families in need through Hunger Relief Africa partner agencies food distribution networks. Hunger Relief Africa compliance with applicable food safety regulations that protect organization, the donors, and the end user families.

With the alarming statistics of 1 in 8 people in Uganda facing hunger, the gravity of the situation cannot be understated. Hunger Relief Africa is putting in efforts but we cannot solve this problem alone. The role of both the Uganda government food assistance programs and the Non-Profit Sector are critical in our mission towards ending hunger in Uganda. Government food assistance benefits offer the steadiest, most reliable source of food support. As such, Hunger Relief Africa is working to accelerate low-income families’ access to these benefits. The most affected region is Karamoja. The families here are not only struggling with hunger at higher rates, but they are also much less likely to participate in the Government Food Assistance Program (GFAP) than other families due to lack of access to information and longer distance to access such information and services. It's extremely concerning to note that as many as nine districts in the Karamoja region are classified in Acute Food Insecurity (AFI) Phase 3++ Crisis. A staggering 46% of the population here, amounting to 582,000 people, are facing high levels of acute food insecurity as of June 2023.

Each year, food wasted in the Africa continent could feed up to 300 million people, according to the United Nations. In Uganda alone, up to 40% of fruit and vegetables end up being discarded before it ever reaches the dinner table. This is more than enough food to provide three meals a day to 5 million people in Uganda facing cute hunger. Much of this waste is perishable food, the nutritious produce, fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy products that Hunger Relief Africa through its logistical expertise and efficiency rescuing food lost across the supply chain. We are investing in the process management of identifying, incubating, and scaling promising practices to help us capture more of this healthy, safe food. In African communities, these mean less waste and fuller plates. In this regards, Hunger Relief Africa is using two strategies of Food Orchestration and an Online Marketplace.

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