#UniversalPlate: global campaign to serve one million meals for people in need throughout the weeke

As part of the Social Gastronomy Movement's(SGM) annual summit, organizations, individuals, universities, and restaurants unite in solidarity in a collective action to serve and raise our global voice against hunger during Oct 15-17
ZURICH - Oct. 4, 2021 - PRLog -- The #UniversalPlate campaign, kicking off on October 15,  is set to celebrate and bring attention to initiatives working every day to fight hunger and foster social equity. Through widespread social media coverage, the goal is to engage people from all backgrounds in food systems transformation at a time when food insecurity is affecting 957 million people in the world.

This campaign is coordinated by the Social Gastronomy Movement (http://www.socialgastronomy.org/) (SGM) as part of the SGM Summit, the NGO's most significant event of the year, reaching an audience from over 50 countries. The full schedule of the event includes the Universal Series, consisting of:
  1. The Universal Table-  an opening panel discussion
  2. Universal Kitchen - a series of virtual cooking classes hosted by renowned chefs
  3. #UniversalPlate global in-field action campaign
Through the #UniversalPlate campaign, SGM will unite individuals, social organizations, restaurants, and universities in more than 17 countries. The campaign is open to anyone around the world who wishes to volunteer, cook, and serve those in need in their local communities.

"Food is a universal language, and it is the thread that ties together us as humans, the Social Gastronomy Movement, and our work," explains SGM Co-Founder and Orchestrator Nicola Gryczka. "#UniversalPlate serves as an umbrella to raise our voices collectively for zero hunger, in solidarity. By coming together across the globe to celebrate World Food Day, we will serve one million meals, raise our collective voice, and demonstrate the power that cooking and sharing a meal can have. "

While the campaign' is to serve one million meals, the #UniversalPlate amplifies and inspires action across borders and sectors in the effort toward Sustainable Development Goal 2: Zero Hunger. The dishes served as part of this campaign will be united by a recipe that:
  1. Values local production (sourced by small fishers and farmers)
  2. Nutrient-rich
  3. Authentic and in line with the gastronomic tradition of each location
  4. Served free of charge
Confirmed participants include organizations, universities, restaurants, and communities in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, USA, Switzerland, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, East Timor, Kenya, Ghana, and Ecuador. The Migrant Kitchen, AGREA, Comida para Todos, and Gastromotiva are a few of the many organizations taking part. Those interested in participating in the #UniversalPlate should fill out the following interest form: https://forms.gle/daUFqYC3WABYJQz5A.

Link to SGM's press kit: https://trello.com/b/W4279sCQ/social-gastronomy-movement

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