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.
Let's Make Some Summer Sippers
28 May 2022
When it's hot, we all crave for a nice refreshing drink. We partnered with Ginny's Planet to share some tasty Summer Sipper recipes with children. Children can easily make these using fruits and vegetables and enjoy these natural cooling drinks instead of the sugary drinks they normally consume in summers. Check out the recipe for Red Juice here.
Food Funda Program Reaches Pune
Feb - March 2022
Our flagship School Nutrition Awareness Program - Food Funda - reached Pune when we delivered the program to 36 students from Saraswati Bhuwan English School. Our data shows that after the program, children had better knowledge about the basics of food and nutrition, developed a more positive attitude towards adopting healthy eating habits, and showed actual behavior change towards healthy eating.
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.
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
"I have learnt many things about food. I have started reading the ingredient table on food packets before eating. Now I have made many changes in my diet. Thank you Food Funda! Than you so much :-)"
- Princi, Class VII student
Our recipe for Leftover Dal Cheela was awarded as a Second Runner-Up at the Meri Poushtik Rasoi (2022) competition, organized by Idobro and Glenmark Foundation
Best Healthy Recipe
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