Rizq comprises a group of people from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) who want to play their part in ridding Pakistan of the nuisances of hunger and malnutrition. They do this by collecting surplus food from restaurants/caterers/households and providing it to the needy. Hiba got in touch with them to find out more about their work.

What is the vision behind Rizq project?

According to current statistics, around 40% of all food produced is wasted, whereas approximately 40% of the Pakistani population is food insecure. The vision behind Rizq is to bridge this gap by channelling excess food without producing extra food. As economics majors, we are always told about the scarcity of resources, but in this case what we have realized that it is not the scarcity of food, but the lack of channelling – and this is where Rizq comes in.

What do you mean by ‘without producing extra food’?

A lot of food that is produced is wasted as it goes along various stages in the food supply chain. This is an efficiency loss. On the other hand, there are a lot of people who sleep on empty stomach. So, there’re two ways to feed the hunger-stricken; either through freshly-made food or using the perfectly edible food which gets lost along the supply chain due to efficiency loss. Rizq is focusing on the later approach as it kills two birds with one stone.

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