The World Bank estimates that India is one of the highest ranking countries in the world for the number of suffering from malnutrition. The Malnutrition among children as well as adults is widely prevalent in India. The nutritional status of children is expressed as the proportion of weight for age, height for age, or weight for height. In adults, the nutritional status is commonly expressed as the Body Mass Index (BMI). Anaemia and vitamin and micronutrient deficiencies are symptoms of malnutrition.
The prevalence of low weight is greater in rural areas in India (50 per cent) than in urban areas (38 per cent). It is higher among girls (48.9 per cent) than among boys (45.5 per cent). The rate of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world, and is nearly double that of Sub Saharan Africa with dire consequences for mobility, mortality, productivity and economic growth.
The fight doesn’t stop here, the number one of absence of workers in India is actually due to malnutrition or more importantly consuming highly contaminated food which results in affecting health and productivity.
Putting ear on the ground, or more to the tummies of thousands of Indian workers, MaserPeace collaborated with entrepreneur Jesse van de Zand; founder and CEO of Janta Meals in India are starting the project MasterPeace Meals or what is called: People’s Meal
MasterPeace India Meals a social enterprise in food service sector with the mission to provide high quality and low cost nutritious meals to India‘s working classes, slum areas, industrial workers, NGOs and students in the universities and colleges. The need emerged when the rate of health problems and food poisoning increased. India’s working class eats lunch at dhabas; which are tiny restaurants with no hygiene conditions and using kerosene and wood stove to prepare the food. As a result, the employees are often sick, suffer from malnutrition, and are less productive individuals that also pay a lot of money to cover their health expenses.
MasterPeace India is pursuing at its heart and best with passion to touch 1000’s of poor and working class people directly and indirectly in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha state of India by providing nutritious, affordable (20 Indian rupees/meal) and tasty meals based on home cooked recipes, prepared in clean and hygienic kitchens.
They are establishing a kitchen based hygienic standards and hiring local women to do the cooking, thus creating employment for women who were previously unemployed. In addition, they also are establishing selling points near the workers, students and NGOs.
A simple idea that can change the lives of millions of Indians, MasterPeace India is dedicated to create a safer and more sustainable community in their city.