– On Mother’s Day which fell on December 22, 2021, Foodbank of Indonesia (FOI) held the 2nd Exemplary Mother Award as a tribute to the volunteer mothers who have moved to open access to food for Indonesian children and families. In the Covid-19 pandemic situation Currently, the issue of food and hunger in Indonesia needs special attention, especially for vulnerable groups such as children. From the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, it is revealed that Indonesia is still facing challenges to the problem of poverty which has increased sharply, namely 2.7 million people. , which was caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, a survey in 14 districts conducted by FOI in 2020 showed that 27% — in dense settlements and the figure even reached 50% — children studying in PAUD schools were hungry. Concerned about this condition , as many as 4454 mothers worked with FOI in the 1,000 Indonesian Mothers Action to open access to food for children for Indonesia’s future. The action of 1000 mothers is now strengthening the Make Kitchen Ngebul campaign. Through this campaign, mothers are expected to be able to invite their families back to activities in the kitchen. As a form of appreciation, FOI also held the Exemplary Mothers Award II in collaboration with partners. The Exemplary Mother Award II consists of two types of awards, namely Exemplary Mothers and Awards to companies/businesses who have supported the FOI movement for 3 years in a row in opening access to food. There are four categories in the Exemplary Mother award, namely, Community Movers, Academics/Researchers, Business World, and Public Policy Stakeholders. The judging will be held on 9-11 December 2021 by an independent jury. “Together with 4454 mothers who are involved in the 1000 Mothers of Indonesia Action, FOI opens access to food for children for the future of Indonesia. We will continue to mobilize a million mothers to move to eliminate hunger and malnutrition,” said Founder of Foodbank of Indonesia, Hendro Utomo, at the FOI event for the 2nd Exemplary Mothers Award, Wednesday (12/22/2021). Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Technology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Prof. Eni Harmayani, also supports the joint movement to open access to food for vulnerable groups. “This food has an important meaning for human life, it is even a human right. Therefore, its fulfillment has become our common concern. And also support for vulnerable community groups, such as children, the elderly, and the poor,” concluded Prof. Eni. .

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