Action Against Hunger is encouraging the nation to visit their favourite restaurants in support of its Love Food Give Food campaign this September and October.
By adding £1 to their bill at the end of the meal, Action Against Hunger said people can help raise funds to support communities in the UK and across the world who are facing life-threatening hunger.
The £1s from this year’s donations will go towards those suffering from hunger and malnrutrition in the UK and around the world. The charity supports community kitchen and malnutrition treatment centres, water, sanitation and healthcare projects and those assisting people impacted by Covid-19.
Right now, the organisation said the lives of 11 million children under five are at risk because of life-threatening hunger - that is four times the number of people who lost their lives in the first year of the pandemic.
Additionally, the World Health Organisation estimates that 265 million people around the world are currently facing a hunger crisis. That is a rise of 130m on the pre-pandemic figure. In the UK alone 1.97m people are undernourished, according to The Food Foundation.
Jean Michel Grand, exectuive director of Action Against Hunger, said: “The world is facing a global hunger pandemic with millions of people suffering from lack of food due to poverty, climate change, conflict and Covid. Our UK restaurants and those eating out are in a fantastic and unique position to make an impact in the fight against global hunger."
The donation of £1 on a restaurant bill provides a mother with a day’s worth of life-saving therapeutic food to treat her malnourished child, Grand stressed. The right nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s development is vital for a chance of a healthy life.
To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Love Food Give Food campaign, over 194 restaurants across the UK have confirmed their participation from 1 September.