A scorecard on hunger in Africa recently revealed that Nigeria has the highest number of hungry people in West Africa, as about 12.1 million people are hungry or under nourished in the country.
No doubt in the words of an eminent political leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he said “If not urgently addressed, the stratospheric level of hunger, deprivation and inequality in the land will inevitably provoke a violent revolution in the land” ---January 2015-
While we do not pray for a revolution, we must be mindful of the fact that every day people around us go hungry for reasons ranging from abject poverty, sudden death of bread winners, unexpected loss of jobs, debt, and natural disaster to financial crisis. Hunger threatens our survival and the instinct of survival is the strongest instinct known to man. People can do anything out of the ordinary for survival. A lot of crimes recorded on the street of Lagos and robberies are motivated by hunger and lack of hope.
Maslow, in is his hierarchy of needs categorizes the need for food as basic physiological need, that is very critical or crucial to human existence. A hungry man or woman for instance cannot think of entrepreneurship or education, national development until that basic need is met.
The diagram therefore shows the need for food appearing at the bottom of the pyramid.
To this end, Lagos Food Bank is founded to provide a relief and hope to the hopeless and minimum of monthly food and support to people experiencing crisis from any of the situations painted above. Lagos Food Bank is set to partner with religious organizations, corporate entities and communities to open new food banks nationwide. Our goal is committed to ensuring that every Local Government in Nigeria has a food bank and one out of every five streets has a food bank.
We have started with distribution of foodstuffs, clothing and beverages like rice, beans, yam, palm oil, milk, Milo and sugar. Having attained a considerable amount of success and funding in this area, we will then move to preparing packed food for one off cases by having a standby kitchen to cater for those in desperate need of food.