On November 20 and 21, the country’s top culinary school, the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA Manila), through the initiative of its students, will hold a food drive. This is in partnership with Kusina Kalinga, a project of Gawad Kalinga.
“We are seeking donations in food, logistics, and financial assistance. Our goal is to feed as many people as we can with healthy and substantial food. Food is a basic need. And healthy food is not a luxury. At the core, we are a culinary community that fights for healthy food to be accessible for all,” says Bea Trinidad, CCA Manila’s PR and Communications Manager.
The food drive is an immediate solution for aid, brought about by the need of victims of recent natural calamities. In the long run, there are 12 initiatives as outlined by “The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger” that we can emulate: Increase awareness, learn about hunger, talk to your neighbors, help set up meal programs for kids, get involved with schools and communities, talk to your health care providers to understand hunger, meet with legislators and local government officials, volunteer to teach healthy cooking and stock foods needed, talk to your favorite food businesses about supporting local communities, donate your time and money, start a local and urban garden, and support local farmers.
“Similar to the blueprint’s systematic approach, we want to start not just a food drive, but a framework here for a better thought-out plan when it comes to hunger, not only in cases of natural disasters. These 12 initiatives will take time and planning by Filipinos in the private and public sectors,” adds Bea.