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Pre-coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), the country has been fighting a much older problem–hunger, especially among the poor and children.

The problem has only worsened, however, due to the effects of the lockdown. A Social Weather Station (SWS) report states that self-rated hunger has reached an all-time high of 30.7%, which roughly translates to 45 million Filipinos experiencing involuntary hunger—14 million of whom are children.

“Hunger is on the rise and we must rise against it,” non-profit organization Gawad Kalinga (GK) says in a press release.

How, you ask? GK says being part of the action to end hunger can start by becoming what the group calls a Hunger Warrior.

“GK hopes to start a movement of caring and sharing where everyone who can afford to spare at least P20, will decide to use it to give 1 meal to 1 hungry child,” GK says.

It’s not as difficult as it seems. At least P20 can help feed a child one meal.

To donate, just log on to gk1world.com/hungerwarrior, click Give Now, fill out needed information, and choose to donate any of the following for one kid: P600 for 30 meals, P2,400 for 120 meals, P4,400 for 220 meals, or any amount you’re able to give. Donation platforms include Mastercard, Visa and JCB for credit card payments, GCash and JustPay for cash transfers, and BPI for bank transfers.

To further understand the hunger problem, GK will also be holding 10.10.10—not the kind where there’s a lot of add to cart action but where 10,000 kids nationwide will be fed simultaneously on October 10 in almost 500 communities through bayanihan efforts as part of a reinvented hunger and malnutrition program, Kusina ng Kalinga.

The program has been providing food for kids in schools across the country since 2014 and has, to date, reached 6,000 kids in 96 communities through 20 community kitchens and food hubs.

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This event will be broadcast on GK’s Facebook Live, starting from 7:30 AM when kitchens open to until meals are served to children at 12 NN. Experts on hunger will also be present to help educate the public on the depth of the issue as well as ways to address it.

“Hunger is most cruel to the young because sustained hunger causes malnutrition and stunted growth, effects of which will be carried until their adulthood,” GK adds. “If we want to make sure that our children and our future have a fighting chance, then we must act now.”

Catch Gawad Kalinga’s 10.10.10 event this October 10. For more updates and information, follow the event page here.

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