One Meal a Day started in 1985, when Father Oreste Benzi, in Zambia, realised that – to guarantee one meal a day to a malnourished person – all you needed was 10000 Lire (15 euro) a month.
Today we are present in 40 of the poorest countries worldwide. Here, every day, we live side by side with those who are totally unwanted, excluded and abandoned: street children, malnourished babies, persons suffering from disabilities, sometimes very serious, homeless, men and women victims of alcohol or drug addiction, elderly people on their own, very poor families.
To each of them we guarantee one meal a day, every day. We do not stop here, though. By living together, eating at the same table, we manage to create relationships based on trust, affection and partnership, but never on dependency; all of this is essential in order to restore the right to health, education and employment