World Food Day: Onigiri Action Campaign




Student Life. On October 21, UPEACE students joined a campaign called #OnigiriAction.

The idea behind it was to generate awareness regarding Food Security and nutrition on World Food Day.

Onigiri is a rice ball, a Japanese version of a sandwich which is easy to grab and eat. Onigiri Action is a campaign of a Japanese NGO called Table for Two (TFT). This NGO was started by and is an official affiliate of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.

According to TFT: “In our world of 7 billion, 1 billion suffer from undernutrition, while another 1 billion suffer from obesity. TFT rights this imbalance by simultaneously addressing the two opposing problems through a unique "calorie transfer" program. On one side people are eating healthier meals, and on the other children are receiving nutritious school meals. In this way, we can say that when you dine at TFT, you never dine alone.”

On this day, every picture with an onigiri and hashtag #OnigiriAction posted to one's social media became a donation of one dollar. This is equivalent to 5 school meals for children in Africa and Asia. In order to achieve this, nine companies will donate the same amount of money required for the school

More than sixty students, teachers, and staff took part in the event, making onigiri and posting pictures on their social media. Although this project in itself is small, many small steps create a large movement.

Current student, Rika Mitsuhashi, said: “This event motivated participants to think about “food” related issues in the world, and to hope the world to become a better place to live.”