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July 20, 2024

Lions Club Seeks N250m to Fight Hunger, Malnutrition in Lagos

In a bid to address the issue of hunger and malnutrition in Lagos, Lions Club International, District 404B2 Nigeria, has launched a mission to raise N250 million. 

The funds will be used to establish a world-class food bank, providing a lasting solution to the food crisis affecting millions struggling with the rising cost of food.

At a recent press conference, newly inaugurated District Governor Tolulope Senbanjo introduced this ambitious initiative as a key part of his service agenda for 2024–2025. Senbanjo highlighted the critical nature of the hunger crisis, describing it as an urgent issue for local communities. He detailed the club’s strategic plan to mobilise resources and directly address food insecurity.

“The establishment of this food bank is a deliberate step to cushion the effects of hunger in our community. Our goal is to serve at least 100,000 people annually, providing a sustainable means of living to vulnerable individuals in underserved areas across Lagos,” Senbanjo stated.

The project will be implemented in three phases, each tailored to ensure the food bank serves low-income earners, thereby maximising its impact on society. Senbanjo called for partnerships and collaboration from government entities, corporate organisations, and private individuals to help realise this vision.

“Lions Club aims to raise funds locally to support the hunger crisis and provide relief to those affected. While food banks can significantly reduce food insecurity in Nigeria, it is also crucial to empower families and invest in them,” he explained.

Senbanjo stressed that investing in adequate nutrition is one of the most cost-effective development actions. However, food security in Nigeria is often overlooked as a catalyst for economic development and a fundamental right. One innovative aspect of the project includes the creation of meal vouchers for school children, redeemable at local vendors, ensuring they have easy access to nutritious meals.

Being the youngest district governor ever elected in Africa, Senbanjo is inspired by the motto “not too young to serve.” He shared his vision and urged Lions and supporters to join his mission to make a meaningful impact. 

“I decided to stand for something in our society. I believe you, my fellow Lions and listeners worldwide, will find a place in your hearts to support my mission. It all starts with the basic things that can change our failing culture,” Senbanjo said.

He urged citizens to be conscious of civic and social duties as well as our shared humanity. “At the Lions Club, we believe in dedicating our time, treasure, and talents to serving our immediate communities,” he added.

While speaking, the former District Governor Kayode Oshinuga outlined Lions Club’s core activities, known as the Five Pillars of Service: Vision, Hunger, Diabetes, Cancer, and Environment. He noted the organisation’s extensive humanitarian projects, including eye centres, diabetes centres, and cancer treatment facilities across Nigeria, supported by the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF).

Oshinuga emphasised the role of volunteers and partners in improving health and well-being, strengthening communities, and supporting those in need through humanitarian services and grants.

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