Michelin starred Chef Vikas Khanna’s premium cookbook Utsav- a culinary epic of Indian festivals, to raise funds for children of Smile Foundation through milliondollar4nutrition initiative

Rasesh Kanakia of Kanakia Group to join hands with Vikas Khanna and Smile Foundation for underprivileged Children

Mumbai, February 13, 2017 : Michelin starred Chef Vikas Khanna, the global ambassador for Smile Foundation, advocates the importance of Nutrition for Education and has pledged to raise #milliondollar4nutrition to eradicate malnutrition among children. Under the aegis of 1MillionDollarPledge, Vikas Khanna will give away 12 limited edition of his premium culinary cookbook Utsav - a culinary epic of Indian festivals. The cookbook weighs around 15 kilos and has 1,200 pages full of Indian festivals, ceremonies, rituals and sacred ingredients and has been presented to many prominent figures such as Honourable Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi, Former president of USA- Mr. Barack Obama, Former President of USA Mr. Bill Clinton, HH Dalai Lama and more recently to Ms Hillary Clinton. An exquisite work of art with its cover and box hand-painted in 24-Carat Gold, Utsav is the costliest cook book by a living author.

Vikas Khanna joined hands with Smile Foundation 3 years back to support NutritionforEducation program of Smile Foundation and has pledged to raise USD1 Million to support the cause. Towards this endeavor, Vikas Khanna has supported Smile Foundation events like Cook for a Smile, Dine with Smile, Charity dinners and so on.

Malnutrition among children is one of the major problems of our country. To mitigate this problem, Smile Foundation’s nutrition programme has been providing, over many years, both direct nutrition interventions and a broad range of “nutrition sensitive” interventions addressing the determinants of malnutrition. The project has been designed to address the issue of malnutrition and enable behavioural change regarding proper child care and proper dietary practices in two phases: a) Nutrition Support: Catering to nutritional needs of the underprivileged children, and b) Nutrition Awareness: Sensitizing the underprivileged communities towards the issue of malnutrition amongst children, mothers and family members. Currently, Smile Foundation’s Nutrition initiative is benefitting children in 25 states in India.

Speaking on this occasion chef Vikas Khanna said “I have been working with Smile Foundation for the last 3 years and we have been able to address nutrition needs of underprivileged children through various fund raisers and advocacy programs. Smile Foundation is supporting the nutrition program in 25 states in India. One third of the world’s malnourished children live in India and we are #3 on the Global Hunger Index, only behind Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is not "new" news. We see it everyday – on the roads, at traffic junctions when we see children begging for basic needs – food, survival. In Feb 2016, I have personally pledged to raise USD1 Million for the cause.”

As a next step towards this endeavor Mr. Rasesh Kanakia, chairman- Kanakia Group, joined hands with Smile Foundation and supported the cause by retaining a copy of Utsav, the proceeds of which will be supporting the cause of NutritionforEducation program.

About Smile Foundation :

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation benefitting over 400,000 underprivileged children, their families and the community directly through 158 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, livelihood, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

For more information, please visit : www.smilefoundationindia.org

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