More than 19 crore people in India are undernourished – the highest in the world
The number of overweight and obese persons in India (15-49 years of age) has almost doubled over the past 10 years
Lifestyle and diet-related disorders are increasingly affecting our children. Nearly 1 out of every 10 children is pre-diabetic; 5% are overweight and 5% suffer from blood pressure
Ultra-processed junk food is becoming easily accessible and highly popular. More than 50% school children (9-17 years of age) in India consume packaged food and beverages daily
FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Family Health Survey-4, 2015-16
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF and Population Council, Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey, 2019
Centre for Science and Environment, Burden of Packaged Food on Schoolchildren, 2017
A Bold Vision
As the above facts and figures reveal, India is suffering from the triple burden of malnutrition: undernutrition (lack of proper nutrition), overnutrition (overconsumption of certain nutrients) and nutrient deficiency (deficiency of vitamins and minerals). A large part of the population is not able to access even the minimum quantity of affordable healthy food required to nourish the body. At the same time, unhealthy food is becoming increasingly accessible, even among low-income communities, leading to an increase in consumption of unhealthy food and resulting non-communicable diseases in India.
Foodshaala Foundation is the result of our determination to change this disturbing reality and make true the vision of a food and nutrition secure world. We believe that the solution to the problem of malnutrition rests on the two primary pillars of increased access to healthy food and increased knowledge on healthy eating.
Accordingly, our vision is to ensure a world where every person is able to make healthy food a part of their daily life. Our mission is to enable people to choose and access healthy food.
Bake Your Own Cupcake!: A Healthy Cooking Workshop
19 Dec 2021
Healthy and tasty can go together! We conducted a healthy cooking workshop for kids and adults and baked a healthy cupcake. The session was led by renowned baker Ranjana Yadav, who was amongst the Top 10 HomeBakers in India for 2020. We baked a Wholewheat Carrot Cupcake, using no refined flour, artificial colours or refined sugar. Check out the recipe and pictures here.
Nutrition Program for Sunbeam Students
Sept - Nov 2021
Every child should know what they are eating! To empower children with this knowledge, we conducted an online School Nutrition Awareness Program for 45 children from low-income families studying in Sunbeam School, Mumbai. Children learnt about macro and micro nutrients, diet diversity, harmful effects of junk food, and practical tips and recipes to make their diets more nutrient rich in an affordable manner.
Making Ice Creams: A Healthy Cooking Workshop
24 Jul 2021
We conducted a healthy ice-cream making workshop for kids. The session was led by mom chef Vidisha Jindal, who shared some easy and yummy recipes using ingredients like mango, banana, almonds and cocoa powder. The recipes did not use any refined sugar, whipped cream, condensed milk or colours, but still the ice-creams turned out creamy and delicious. Do check out the pics and the recipes here and here.
Our Story in Numbers
Over 17,000 meals and 14,000 ration kits served
19% average increase in diet diversity among children
What People Are Saying
"Foodshaala food is very tasty."
- Class III student