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 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 two years ago has, to date, facilitated more than 8 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.