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Chefs Join Forces To Fight To End Child Hunger

Celebrity chefs including Angela Hartnett, Asma Khan and Heston Blumenthal are supporting Action Against Hunger’s ‘Love Food Give Food’ campaign.

Celebrity chefs and restaurants across the UK are joining Action Against Hunger’s Love Food Give Food Campaign.

The premise of the campaign is simple: restaurants add an optional £1 to the bill or donate a percentage of the proceeds of a menu item. The money raised goes towards fighting hunger around the world.

Although only a small contribution, the pounds quickly add up. The charity is hoping to raise £550,000- enough money to provide life-saving food and nutrition for 13,000 children.

Star of Netflix’s Chef’s Table, Asma Khan, has been supporting Action Against Hunger for many years and her restaurant, Darjeeling Express, will be taking part this year. Asked about her motivation for supporting the campaign, she said:

“Growing up in India, I was privileged to never face hunger. Sadly, that isn’t the case for more than a quarter of the world’s population. Even the amazing ladies in my own kitchen, for many of them, sleeping on a full stomach was a luxury that they didn’t always have.”

“For me, food isn’t just about sustenance, it can be a vehicle of change. It is about feeding people and nourishing their souls. This is why I am thrilled to be supporting Action Against Hunger’s campaign, a charity that I have been supporting since my very first supper club.”

The recent UN State of Food Security report has shown that global hunger levels have risen for a third consecutive year. Today, more than a quarter of the world’s population -2 billion people- don’t have regular access to safe, nutritious food.

That is why, as the world leading charity in the fight against hunger, the organisation is hoping that this year will see a record number of restaurants joining the fight.

Matthew White, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Action Against Hunger, said:

“It’s fantastic that so many chefs and restaurants have signed up to support the campaign. We need to recognise that hunger is on the rise and that governments need to be doing more to support communities that are paying the price of climate change. Where better to start this conversation than around the dinner table.”

Also supporting the campaign are well known restaurants including: Hawksmoor, Hakkasan, Pho, Caravan, Rosa’s Thai and the Chiltern Firehouse.

Action Against Hunger is the world’s leading charity in the fight against child hunger, treating more young children for life-threatening hunger than any other charity.

The campaign is simple and costs participants nothing. Participating restaurants simply add £1 to a diner’s table bills or a donation on a special dish throughout September and October.

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