TABLE FOR TWO Celebrates World Food Day 2023 #OnigiriAction — Unite the States With Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

Aims to Provide One Million School Meals to Children in Need

Change the World with Onigiri (Rice Ball) 2023

TABLE FOR TWO USA (TFT) invites everyone to participate in their 9th Annual ONIGIRI ACTION campaign to provide 1 million school meals to children around the world from Wednesday, Oct. 4 to Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. During the campaign, through the generosity of our partner organizations, every rice ball-related post on the campaign website or social media with #OnigiriAction will provide five school meals to children in need. TFT will enhance school meals in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods in the U.S. by adding fresh vegetables and fruits as well as provide school meals to children in East Africa.

Our ONIGIRI ACTION campaign commemorates the United Nations’ World Food Day. As a non-profit organization with roots in Japan, the campaign highlights onigiri (rice balls), which are a traditional Japanese comfort food made with love to share with others.

Since its launch in 2015, Onigiri Action has supported 8.3 million school meals. The organization has received two prestigious awards: one related to Sustainable Development Goals and the other for Health and Culture from the Japanese government. Amid soaring food prices due to COVID-19, climate change, and the invasion of Ukraine, there are concerns that “Zero Hunger,” one of the goals of SDGs, will be delayed. The need for TFT to bring healthy meals to those in need is growing more important each year.

2023 Campaign Theme: Unite the States with Onigiri

Our goal is to have photos from all 50 States. We additionally have two new features. The first is a Metaverse Virtual Tour where participants will be able to visit a school virtually in Africa that Onigiri Action supports. The second is the US & Japan College Relay Baton Touch, a fun and collaborative initiative on Instagram for American and Japanese university students. Two teams will compete in speed and creativity during the Onigiri Action campaign.
TFT and our partners will connect everyone through onigiri with many virtual and in-person events:

  • Onigiri Action at Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego, Oct. 15
  • Onigiri Action at Japanese Food Expo in Los Angeles, Oct. 28
  • Onigiri Action Kits Workshop with National Japan Societies - Virtual, Nov. 12

Partner Organizations in the U.S.:

For every onigiri photo posted, five school meals will be donated through the generous support from our partners: J.C.C. Fund/Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York, JFC International/Nishiki, JCAW Foundation, Zojirushi America, San-J, ITOCHU International, SMBC Global Foundation, Misuzu Corporation, MUFG Bank, Zensho Employees Association Network, Mishima Foods U.S.A., Q&B Foods, Inc., AUTEC, Onigiri partners: BentOn, Onigilly, Sunny Blue, Omusubee, Onigiri Kororin. 

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