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World Food Program Solidarity dinner helps raise awareness to end hunger

AMMAN — As part of its Global Goal to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide, the world Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan is organizing a “Healthy Not Hungry” dinner cooked by acclaimed chef Manal Alalem on Friday.
Held at Opera House for the second time this year, the dinner will also see the launch of the original WFP song “If Music Be The Food of Love”, a project involving Syrian and Jordanian youth from East Amman and noted band Autostrad, Faten Hindi, partnership officer at WFP told The Jordan Times in a phone interview.
The dinner is part of the WFP’s global campaign “Healthy Not Hungry” that seeks to accelerate progress towards Goal 2 -Zero Hunger - and Goal 3 - Good Health and Well-Being-, according to the WFP website. 
Officials, activists and citizens from all walks of life are invited to dine together on a sustainable meal cooked by well-known chef Manal, and to discuss ways to reach the goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
Ranked 80 out of 188 in the Human Development Index Jordan maintains pockets of food insecurity, especially in communities that have been hit by the refugee crisis, according to WFP figures, which noted that 10 per cent of the population receives some form of food assistance in the Kingdom.
“Because children are the next generation, we have a duty to end hunger among them,” said chef Manal, who set up a centre providing cooking classes for all in Amman.
By engaging men and women who work with food on a daily basis and care about producing and consuming healthy and sustainable meals, the “Healthy Not Hungry” dinner campaign seeks to raise awareness on the importance of sustainability and diet diversity, according to Hindi. 
“Malnutrition undermines economic, social and human progress,” said the officer, noting “chef Manal will create a simple and healthy meal that can be cooked by anyone at home, whatever their financial status is.”
“She will use sustainable food from the agricultural sector to raise awareness on the importance of diet diversity and to show healthy meals are accessible to all,” she added.
All the funds raised by this dinner, which is organised in partnership with Trojan Women LTD. and Autostrad Band, will be used to support WFP’s school meals project.
The project, implemented in collaboration with the Education Ministry, produces and distributes 380,000 meals per day to students in the camps and host communities, according to Hindi.
Since January, a series of 12 dinners has already taken place in Guatemala City, Johannesburg and Tokyo, among others, according to the WFP website.  
 
Jordan Times
October 12th, 2017