Indian-Americans across New York are coming together to fight food insecurity, with a major organisation working to end hunger throughout the city’s five boroughs.
The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported.
The newly-formed Council kicked off its “Million Meal March” campaign at Baar Baar restaurant earlier this month.
The event garnered more than 100 attendees and raised over 610,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.
The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of “Hunger Mitao!”, which means “Wipe Out Hunger.”
The Council’s Co-Chair is Payal Sharma, the Managing Partner of the restaurant, and its Founders and Advisors are Raj Asava and Aradhana Asava.
“In the spirit of ‘give where you live’, the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year,” said Raj Asava in a press release.
“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. (IANS)
Parents, according to a latest health news if your kids throw attitude and do not listen to you despite repeated warnings at home, it is time to check the quality of their food as microbiome in the gut plays a key role in deciding kids’ behaviour, a novel study has found.
The study of early school-aged children (in the age group of 5-7) showed a connection between the bacteria in their gut and their behaviour, said researchers, adding that parents play a key role in their kids’ microbiome beyond the food they provide.
“Childhood is a formative period of behavioural and biological development that can be modified, for better or worse, by caregivers and the environments they help determine,” said microbiology and statistics researcher Tom Sharpton Oregon State University.
The gut microbiota features more than 10 trillion microbial cells from about 1,000 different bacterial species.
The researchers, which included scientists from Stanford University and University of Manitoba, surveyed the gut microbiomes of 40 school-aged children.
The scientists collected stool from the children and parents filled out questionnaires on socioeconomic risk, behavioural dysregulation, caregiver behavior, demography, gut-related history (like antibiotic use) and a week-long diet journal.
They used a technique known as shotgun metagenomics to apply whole-genome sequencing to all of the organisms found in the subjects’ stool.
The technique gives insight into which microbes live in the gut and their functions.
“One of the novel associations we found was between Type VI secretion systems and behaviour,” said Keaton Stagaman of the OSU College of Science.
The findings, published in the journal mBio, are important because microbiome can shed light on which children are heading toward mental health challenges.
“Future studies will hopefully show whether these secretion systems have direct or indirect effects on the gut-brain axis and which organisms carry these systems,” Sharpton said.