ShareTheMeal – UN’s app to aid fight worldwide hunger, one meal at a time

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Published by Vijay Singh on 20 Jul 2018

‘ShareTheMeal’ is a scheme that got started by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the globe’s leading humanitarian organization, which fights starvation in more than 80 nations.

The application program got introduced during late 2015.

Founders of ShareTheMeal (STM) — German techies Sebastian Stricker and Bernhard Kowatsch — calculated that a contribution of just 50 cents could offer up one kid with enough nourishment for a day.

For this reason, technology turned out to be the only means to widen food help in what was WFP’s “major and most multifaceted operation” around the globe.

STM founder Sebastian stated, “Besides the immediate needs in Jordan, the app was also a way for WFP to engage a new generation of individuals in our mission and our work.”

According to the UN, there are more than 800 million undernourished citizens crosswise the world.

“The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable,” notes Sebastian in the ‘About’ section of the app.

He said, “Smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to one. If every one of us makes a small contribution and shares a meal, we can really make a difference for children in need.”

In less than a period of 3 years, over 25 million serving of foods has been divvied up by 1.1 million individuals through ShareTheMeal app. It’s an energetic start the application program proudly showcases on its main page.

The application program is accessible in 11 different languages and backs up donations in 28 currencies, comprising the Indian rupee.

Its idea is straightforward: it marries customary crowdfunding with the speedy access and ease of a handset. This permits the application program to attract millennials, who get accustomed to fast-paced tech usage and immediate gratification.

In the year 2017, ShareTheMeal bagged the Google Play honour for Best Social Impact application program.

Since that time, ShareTheMeal has been placed on Play Store’s Editor’s Picks segment and has witnessed more than 100,000 downloads. The users of Android devices have given it a rating of 4.8 out of 5.

At the present time, ShareTheMeal’s strategy of causes has augmented.

Donors can fight against hunger in Northeast Nigeria, assist Rohingya refugee kids, help provide the meal to a kid in Yemen, and more.

Syria, however, carries on to be the most avidly supported cause, with 97 per cent of donors sharing the serving of foods with refugee kids.

STM stated, “The direct money [the donation from users] goes into feeding the children, and the operational costs are managed by grants to WFP and donations from the business community and philanthropists.”

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