NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TABLE FOR TWO (TFT) USA, a non-profit organization that aims to tackle obesity and hunger issues simultaneously, held a social action program called “Change the World with Onigiri (Rice ball) #OnigiriAction” to support the annual World Food Day campaign from Oct. 5-Nov. 15. TFT fans and supporters from all over the world posted photos of their own onigiri to the campaign site or via social media with the hashtag #OnigiriAction. Sponsor organizations* donated five meals per photo submitted. These photos made an impact. TFT can fund one school meal to a child in Africa with a single 25-cent donation. In the U.S., TFT can use the 25-cent donation to add fresh vegetables and fruits to one school meal served in low-income neighborhood districts.
*Sponsor organizations: J.C.C. Fund/Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, JFC International/Nishiki, Japan Commerce Association of Washington D.C. Foundation, Zojirushi America, San-J, ITOCHU International, SMBC Global Foundation, Tokyo Central/Marukai, Misuzu Corporation, Otafuku Foods, Arawa City, Just One Cookbook, BentOn, Onigilly, Mama Musubi
In total, the program generated 160,425 onigiri photos from all over the world – 50 percent more postings than the onigiri campaign last year. Through this social action, TFT will provide roughly 1 million (975,000) warm school meals, enough to support 4,500 children in need for one school year. To commemorate this success, a mosaic of a smiling child in Africa was created using the posted photos. Among all the great photos, the “Best of the Best Onigiri” photos were awarded. You can view the photographs here: http://jp.tablefor2.org/campaign/onigiri/en.
1. “Wow” Location Award
[Guinea] Students in Guinea made onigiri from their own produced rice!
2. Onigiri Halloween Award
[Canada] Onigiri makes the perfect Halloween treat!
3. Onigiri Smile Award
[USA] Michigan supporters made students around the world smile – 20 Onigiri Action events provide over 7,000 school meals.
4. Most Creative Onigiri Award
[USA] Chef Andy Matsuda’s delicious rendition of 101 Dalmatians!
5. Most Creative Onigiri Award
[USA] A happy smiley face surrounded by Onigiri representing all the countries participating in Onigiri Action.
6. Most Creative Onigiri Award
[USA] Onigiri cookies? Yes!
7. Onigiri Kids Award
[USA] Washington, D.C., students show the world how to make perfect “Rice Balls”!
8. Best Onigiri Story Award
[Germany] A Minion Onigiri led the grand tour of Munich, Germany – royal palace to biergarten!
9. Best Onigiri Story Award
[USA] A love letter to Africa from Ocean Lake High School, a participant in the Global Classmates Program by Kizuna Across Cultures!