Food-a-Thon brings corporates and individuals together to fight hunger

Delhi NCR FoodBank in partnership with its Founding Members Cargill India and DLF Foundation along with 50 corporations collected over 29000 kilograms of non-perishable food in 60 days - Initiative will support 10,000 nutritious meals daily - Recognizes support from corporate and individual contributors

New Delhi, Delhi, November 19, 2014 /India PRwire/ -- Continuing in its efforts to fight hunger and malnutrition, Delhi NCR FoodBank, member of India FoodBanking Network, today announced key corporate and individual contributors in the 60 day long Food-a-thon campaign. The annual Food-a-thon is organised to mark World Food Day to inspire corporations and individuals to work together to collect food for feeding the vulnerable population.

Siraj Hussain, Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industries graced the event as the Chief Guest and felicitated the key contributors. Talking about the efforts and the initiative, he said, "It gives me immense pleasure to see different stakeholders coming together and collaborating to support eradication of hunger and malnutrition. A FoodBank in each district supported by the community will go a long way to address the hunger and nourishment issue in our country. I congratulate Cargill India, MTS, IFBN, Delhi NCR FoodBank and all those involved for participating in this food drive for supplementing the efforts of Government of India in addressing this enormous challenge of hunger and malnutrition faced by the country. I hope this effort will also create awareness about the need of reducing food losses at consumer end".

The awards were distributed to corporates in recognition of the valuable support that will support over 10,000 nutritious meals daily. Employees at Cargill India gathered the maximum amount of food and recipient of the Maximum Impact award and MTS India was recognized for the best communication model to drive call for action, and received the Best Communication Outreach award.

Cargill has been associated with the India FoodBanking Network since its inception and has provided leadership support and funding for Delhi NCR FoodBank to the tune of INR 10 million."India FoodBanking Network is an important step towards addressing the concerns of hunger and malnourishment in the country. We are committed to helping serve the community that we operate in and to support the efforts of the Central and State governments through multiple initiatives like Food-a-thon to augment the food and nutrition security in the country" said Siraj Chaudhry, Chairman, Cargill India

Lt. Gen. Rajender Singh (Retd.), CEO of DLF Foundation while delivering the inaugural address said "DLF Foundation is a founding member of the Food Bank Initiative. It has created the infrastructure for the Food Bank located at a prime location of Gurgaon. It is a part of a larger goal to positively impact the health situation which can't be achieved without addressing hunger and malnutrition. As individuals and corporates, we must contribute to this basic need which is related to the very existence of human beings. We must collectively pledge that the country will not let anyone die due to hunger and malnutrition. The Food-a-thon is a great step towards this direction".

Speaking at the occasion, Dmitry Shukov - CEO, MTS India said, "For the last three years, MTS India has been a contributing partner to the India Food Banking Network. Our involvement in the initiative is part of our overall effort to make a difference, beyond business to the local communities. This year, through active employee mobilization, MTS India has contributed over 5 & half tonnes of non-perishable food for Food-a-thon 2014. I am confident that in 2015, working with Responsenet Development Services, we will be able to better this milestone."

Delhi NCR FoodBank in partnership with its Founding Members Cargill India and DLF Foundation encouraged over 50 corporations, institutions & RWAs and thousands of individuals to give back to the society by collecting over 29000 kilograms of non-perishable food in 60 days campaign. The food collected will be provided by the Delhi NCR FoodBank to its 18 institutional feeding partners across 32 locations for sustained feeding of 10,000 beneficiaries.

Other award recipients were Arshi Kirti, student of DPS Sushant Lok for the Individual Award - Volunteer of the Year 2014, Mr. Dev Khosla of The Weight Monitor for the Most Innovative Initiative, Fenesta Windows for the Best Employee Engagement of the year, Special Award for Sustained Partnership - DLF Foundation and Kulachi Hansraj Model School for the School Award: Maximum Impact through Food Donation.

Trans Innovations has partnered with Delhi NCR FoodBank and is helping strengthen the systems and technologies to help the food bank reach more individuals by creating more tools for the various stages of the humanitarian supply chain.

Kuldip Nar, Managing Director, Responsenet Development Services said that 'this year, we have seen a manifold increase in individual participation as volunteers and contributors. It is extremely encouraging to see the increase in partnerships with companies and schools that help contribute more food for more people in need. With this growing support base we are eager to increase the reach for our mission and service commitment of one nutritious meal a day, too many more who are in need.'

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About Cargill

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and nearly 150 years of experience. We have 145,000 employees in 67 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work. For more information, visit and our News Center.

In India, Cargill's operations started in 1987. It has businesses in refined oils, food ingredients, grain and oilseeds, sugar, cotton, animal feed, trade structured finance and operate a non-banking financial company. Cargill markets leading consumer brands of edible oils such as NatureFresh, Gemini, Sweekar, Leonardo Olive Oil, Rath and Sunflower brand of hydrogenated fats in India. Cargill also markets NatureFresh brand of packaged wheat flour. It employs more than 2,000 employees working across offices and plants and a network of warehouses and depots.

About Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd. (SSTL) is a venture, involving equity participation by Sistema JSFC {LSE: SSA} of Russia, the Russian Federation and the Shyam Group of India. Sistema is the majority shareholder in the Company which operates its telecom services under the MTS brand. MTS is well recognized in India and worldwide for its commitment to high quality and innovative telecom solutions. MTS has recently been ranked by Millward Brown as 82nd most valuable brand in the world.

About Responsenet Development Services

Responsenet Development Services is a Section 8, non-profit that is engaged in providing humanitarian interventions through communications, partnerships and technology within the fields of Health, Nutrition, Water Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Livelihoods and Disaster Relief. With technology we provide government, companies and NGO partners end to end solutions to deliver humanitarian relief. We also provide CSR advisory, outreach and operational services as an implementation partner to achieve this goal and serve communities within India as per CSR provisions of the new Companies Act.

About DLF Foundation:

DLF Foundation was established in 2008 as the philanthropic arm of DLF Limited under the direct patronage of Mr. K.P. Singh, the Chairman of the DLF Group. The Foundation's mission is to empower communities and create opportunities for the underprivileged by promoting inclusive growth which is holistic, sustainable and socially uplifting. The flagship programmes of DLF Foundation includes Skill a Million, Nurturing Talent and Cluster Development. Skill a Million Programme aims to train and get employment for One Million underprivileged youth. Nurturing Talent Programme aims to handhold underprivileged children from Class 6 standard right upto Professional colleges. The Cluster Development Programme aims to improve quality of life in a cluster of villages by impacting social indicators and make the communities self-reliant. The Foundation has been conferred with various awards including Golden Peacock Award, Asia Best CSR Practices Awards amongst others.

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