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Hunger Relief For Young And Vulnerable Lactating Mothers.

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Feeding Young & Vulnerable Lactating Mothers

Feeding young and vulnerable lactating mothers in slums and informal settlements of Nairobi’s Eastlands is an initiative of Miss Eastlands Organization in collaboration with Eveleen Mingoye, the reigning Miss Eastlands. The program started in late 2020 and is continuing to serve those in need especially the young and vulnerable lactating mothers.

WHY MISS EASTLANDS FOOD PANTRY?

FOOD PANTRY

Kenya is an agriculturally rich country. Agriculture remains the backbone of Kenya’s economy, directly contributing 25% of the annual GDP and an additional 27% in indirect contribution (ASDS, 2010 – 2020). Fundamentally, agriculture and the development of agriculture continues to be a catalyst for sustainable development, primarily for enhanced food security and secondarily for poverty reduction and the overall growth of a country’s economy. However, a majority of the population are still starving and go hungry and without a meal. A Global Hunger Index report shows Kenya's food security is worsening. The 2019 GHI report states that government efforts to ensure nutrition and food security by 2022 have not been enough. Kenya was ranked 86 out of the 117 countries reviewed. At one instance, over Sh8 billion worth of maize may have gone bad in the National Cereals and Produce Board stores.
Even though food security is part of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda which includes affordable housing, universal healthcare and manufacturing, for every three Kenyans, one is grappling with severe food insecurity and poor nutrition. 20 per cent of Kenyans do not meet the required dietary needs that can sustain a healthy and productive life. The case is worse for young and vulnerable lactating mothers in the slums and informal settlements of Nairobi’s Eastlands considering that a young mother has to breastfeed while she is hungry!

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OUR RECOMMENDATION

We should prioritize food security policies at county and national levels of governments to reduce hunger and undernutrition.

OUR APPROACH

We Want to Fight Food Waste to End Hunger through Partnerships
When we stop food waste, we take a big step toward ending hunger. Each season, Kenya loses Ksh.72 from food lose and waste while 1.5 million Kenyans are at risk of hunger, starvation and potentially face acute food insecurity due to the locust invasion and Covid-19 pandemic.

Kenya has more than enough food to feed everyone. But each year, an enormous amount of food is wasted.

Young and Vulnerable Lactating Mothers

Miss Eastlands partners with farmers, food manufacturers, grocery stores and restaurants, to prevent food waste and rescue surplus food to help feed people visiting our network of food pantries.

Miss Eastlands focuses on farms, manufacturers and consumer-facing businesses. We want to partner with leaders and local members of these industries to find ways to rescue more food that would have otherwise gone to waste—and feed more people in need, especially the young and vulnerable lactating mothers.

Help Us Set Up a Food and Food Pantries in Eastlands

Miss Eastlands Organization is strategically looking to partner with leaders and well-wishers in the food industries to set up a food bank and food pantries in Nairobi’s Eastlands area. Our Food Bank will be in Central Location with a network of 12 Food Pantries in each constituency and will have meal programs that provide food and services to young and vulnerable lactating mothers. Together, we aspire to be Eastlands’ largest domestic hunger-relief organization. When you contribute to Feeding Young and Vulnerable Lactating Mothers, you are joining our efforts in nearly every community in all the 12 constituencies in
Eastlands.

Wealthy Communities Need Healthy Foods

Nourishment and strength. That is why it is our responsibility to provide the most nutritious food possible to improve the young and vulnerable lactating mother’s health and well-being.

We know that for populations like young breastfeeding mothers, children and seniors, a balanced diet can be particularly essential to succeeding in complementing medication, education and battling disease. Regrettably, nutrition-related illnesses disproportionately affect food-insecure people.

That is why Miss Eastlands Organization is calling upon like-minded partners to commit to building stronger communities with nutritious food.

How We Do It

Making more fresh produce available to hungry young at risk lactating mothers

We source and distribute food that is essential to a healthy diet. Thus, we are able to best meet the needs of the people we serve. We are constantly innovating new ways to get perishable food to young and vulnerable lactating mothers who need it.

  • We are looking for partners who will connect growers of highly perishable, fresh produce directly with our food banks in the Miss Eastlands Food Pantry network to quickly and efficiently rescue surplus food.
  • We are looking for Mobile food pantries to provide a critical lifeline to healthy foods for families in slums and informal settlements which are hard-to-reach and are underserved. The mobile pantries will create access to healthy foods by meeting needy people where they are.
  • We are looking for a partner who will make safe and quick food donations by matching food businesses directly to the Miss Eastlands Food Pantry network.


Opening the door to healthy eating among young and vulnerable lactating mothers

We are helping to promote healthy food choices in food pantries, empowering the people we serve to make the best nutritional choices for themselves and their families.

  • We are looking for a partner who will through our network help make choosing healthy food a habit. It can be as simple as putting cabbage in a prominent location, displaying whole wheat bread and clearly explaining the benefits of items that can make healthy eating easier to the people we serve.
  • Our partner in the network will also offer hands-on education, including cooking demonstrations and taste tests that promote easy ways to use a wide variety of produce. Placing recipe cards near produce also gives families ideas for making healthy meals.


Researching how health and hunger intersect

There is a strong relationship between nutrition, health and food insecurity. We constantly invite researchers to conduct research on how the topics intersect and how Miss Eastlands Organization can use that knowledge to better serve people facing hunger.

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