Haryana’s First Food Bank supported by Cargill and the India Food Banking Network (IFBN) launched by Honorable Cabinet Minister of Haryana, Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala
Gurgaon, November 11, 2013: Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala, Honorable Cabinet Minister of Haryana, Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory Board- IFBN, & Advisor to Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations, along with Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India today announced the launch of Haryana’s first Food Bank in Gurgaon. At the event, Sam Pitroda also felicitated the companies that participated in Food-A-Thon 2013.
The Gurgaon Food Bank launch is a part of the IFBN’s ambitious plan to provide access to a food bank to every district in India. The Gurgaon Food Bank has been designed to support the various feeding programs in Gurgaon and nearby areas.
As a part of its commitment to Global Food Security, Cargill in India has been collaborating with partners in the public and private sectors to find long-term solutions to hunger and ensure all people have access to safe, nutritious and affordable food. The launch of Delhi and Gurgaon Food Bank is a significant initiative in this direction. Cargill India has provided funding support of INR 54,00,000 to implement the Gurgaon Food Bank.
Honourable Cabinet Minister launched the ‘Gurgaon Food bank’ in presence of over 150 distinguished guests from government, corporates, industry associations and media.
During the event, the winners of the Food-A-Thon 2013 drive were also felicitated. Over 65 companies and over 70,000 individuals had participated in Food-A-Thon 2013, an initiative to mark the United Nation’s World Food Day and aimed at leveraging the potential of private companies in the fight against hunger and malnutrition across India.
Announcing the launch Shri Randeep Singh Surjewala, Honorable Cabinet Minister of Haryana, said, “It has been our endeavour to reach out to every citizen of Haryana with safe and wholesome food and the Gurgaon Food Bank launch is a key step in this direction. Haryana Government has recently adopted The National Food Security Ordinance, which ensures that people have access to adequate quantity and quality of food at affordable price. It gives me great pride to announce the launch of Gurgaon’s first Food Bank. I appreciate the contribution from Cargill India, IFBN and the efforts of all those involved for successful implementation of the GFBN. I take this opportunity to invite more corporates to come forward and join hands and participate in such projects and support our vision of a food secure state and nation.”
Mr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory board, India Food Banking Network and Advisor to Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations quotes “It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the launch of Gurgaon Food Bank. With the successful implementation of Delhi Food Bank, Gurgaon Food Bank will help battle hunger and malnutrition. A successful replication of this model on a national level will play a significant role in eliminating hunger in India and we are hopeful that by 2020 every district of India will have access to a Food Bank.”
Speaking on the occasion Shri Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India said, “Cargill is committed to helping serve the community that we operate in and to support the efforts of the Central and State governments through multiple initiatives addressing food security and safety, micronutrient deficiency, distribution and delivery of food. The Gurgaon Food Bank targets sustained daily feeding of around 10000 Beneficiaries in a year’s time in Gurgaon Region and will help improve livelihoods in order to create a productive and socially stable society.”
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About Cargill Community Giving and Education
Cargill gives back to communities by contributing 2 percent of its global consolidated pre-tax earnings (based on a three-year trailing average). Cargill donated $69.9 million in 57 countries during its 2012 fiscal year. We provide support to organizations, projects and programs that fall in three focus areas: nutrition and health; education; and environmental stewardship. In the education area, we support innovative programs that improve academic achievement and increase access to education for socio-economically disadvantaged children. Our commitment to education also includes grant making to selected higher education institutions, a higher education employee-matching-gifts program, and post-secondary educational scholarships. In fiscal 2012, Cargill donated more than $18 million to support education programs.
About India Food Bank Network
The program and vision of India Food banking Network is to create and strengthen foodbanks in India . A Foodbank is a non-for- profit distribution mechanism which acquires donated foodgrains and other dry food products from all sectors of the economy and distributes it efficiently and transparently to a network of institutional feeding programs run by the voluntary sector to feed the people who are hungry or lack nutritional food. FoodBanks protect individuals and households through collective arrangements from hunger and malnutrition. India Foodbanking Network is working through Food Security Foundation India a Section 25 Company which was formed in 2011 It was initiated under the Chairmanship of Mr. Sam Pitroda, Advisor to Prime Minister and is driven by a vision to establish Foodbanks all over the country to support feeding programs that already exist throughout the country.