HungerMitao Means Wipe Out Hunger!

A humanitarian program of the Indian American Council (IAC), HungerMitao (wipe out hunger) was formed to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel resources and contributions from the Indian American community towards (Feeding America affiliate) food banks’ focus of closing the hunger gap across the United States. According to the USDA’s 2019 “Household Food Insecurity in the United States report,” more than 37 million people in the United States struggle with hunger, of which more than 11 million are children living in food-insecure households.

HungerMitao, a 100% volunteer movement that started three years ago has, to date, facilitated more than 35 million meals for children, seniors, veterans, and families through food banks across the US. With 849,000 people in Western Washington struggling with hunger, Food Lifeline’s 10-year Strategic Plan has identified activating and engaging the community at all levels as a key to ending hunger. Seattle’s Food Lifeline has launched HungerMitao at Food Lifeline and seeks to mobilize the Indian American community to solve hunger in Western Washington.

HungerMitao at Food Lifeline through an ambitious “Million Meal March” campaign, aims to help close the meal gap by building on the current 49 million meals a year facilitated by Food Lifeline. Led by co-chairs and a steering committee comprised of members from the Sponsorship Circles listed below, HungerMitao at Food Lifeline operates in a non-political, non-religious, unifying ecosystem.

HungerMitao at Food Lifeline invites individuals and businesses alike to partner with us as we work to wipe out hunger together! At Food Lifeline, we believe that it will take an entire community to end hunger. You can engage with HungerMitao at Food Lifeline by using your voice, advocating for change, volunteering with us, hosting a food drive and investing in our work.

Together We are Building a Movement to End Hunger

To make a deeper, more sustainable impact through a three-year commitment, we ask that you consider joining HungerMitao at Food Lifeline at one of the giving circles below. Each circle offers a variety of benefits, and ways to engage that ensure you are maximizing your impact. Email us at hungermitao@foodlifeline.org to sign up and take the first step towards wiping out hunger! Individuals and businesses who commit to funding HungerMitao at Food Lifeline’s first 1 million meals by joining any of the giving circles will be forever recognized as members of the Founder’s Circle. Along with building your personal legacy, your action will also inspire others in the Indian American community across Western Washington to join in our work to solve hunger. We hope you will take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Giving Benefits

Solving Hunger

Food Lifeline works to both fill the immediate needs of people facing hunger and reduce food insecurity and hunger by creating long-term solutions that are focused on its root causes. Our mission is to feed people experiencing hunger today and work to end hunger for tomorrow. Learn more about how Food Lifeline is solving hunger.

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Make an Impact in Our Community

Support Our Efforts

For every dollar you donate, Food Lifeline is able to facilitate 5 meals! As you can see, every dollar has the ability to make an impact.

Donate

Conduct Your Own Fundraiser

Invite your friends, family and coworkers to join you in raising funds for Food Lifeline as we work to continue providing assistance to our community. The process is simple.

Sign Up

Get Involved

Your voice can spark change! Join our efforts to end hunger. The goals of Food Lifeline’s advocacy efforts are to work with legislative champions to help solve food insecurity, protect successful basic needs programs, and secure new investments for hunger relief efforts.

Advocate

Contribute Your Time

Volunteer at Food Lifeline’s Hunger Solution Center. We have sessions reserved for HungerMitao on the 4th Saturday of every month! Come show that our community is stronger together.

Volunteer

Meet Our Co-Chairs

Dr. Aakanksha Sinha

Co-Chair

Dr. Aakanksha Sinha moved to the US for higher education. She received her Ph.D. in Social Work from Boston College and has expertise in food justice, social innovation, and community development. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Seattle University and the Co-founder of the Indian Street Food restaurant Spice Waala in Capitol Hill. Aakanksha says, “We all have to do our bit to create a more just society where all people have access to basic needs. I am proud to be part of a movement that is dedicated to building a community of change leaders and wiping out hunger.”

Ashish Shah

Co-Chair

Ashish Shah is the Director of Community Relations at Indiaspora. With a background in nonprofit management, consulting, and business development, Ashish is focused on understanding the giving habits and patterns of the Indian diaspora in the U.S. and elevating the level of giving of the Indian community by empowering donors and philanthropists. Before Indiaspora, Ashish worked for over 10 years as a management consultant in the healthcare industry in Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. Ashish says, “I am thrilled that HungerMitao launched in Seattle earlier this year in partnership with Food Lifeline. I am excited to join in the mission and work with the Indian community to collectively help all communities in the Seattle area address the issue of food insecurity that is growing at an alarming rate especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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