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In Malawi, everyday heroes are making a difference to feed themselves, their families and their communities. Take a Z turn, direction: Zero Hunger
, Badre Bahaji
Christopher in the school kitchen drawing a Z with the food bowls he uses to serve food to children. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

"I am always happy to see students going to class full of energy. My daughter, Brenda, was always coming home from school at break time to eat something but she would almost always go back late. Now that she has breakfast at school, even her school performance has greatly improved," says Christopher Chapweteka who is volunteering to serve school meals in Nalingula Primary School.

Stanley, one of many Zero Hunger Champions, drawing a Z with his truck tools. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

"When I deliver food to hospitals, staff and patients breath a sigh of relief. This motivates me to work hard. I feel useful and also proud to be helping people in need," says World Food Programme (WFP)'s truck driver Stanley Kondowe. Every week, for 11 years, Stanley has been delivering food assistance to vulnerable populations in the most hard-to-reach areas of Malawi.

Mary (front) and Namangale cooperative members drawing a Z with the maize bags they are selling. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

"Since I joined the cooperative, we handle, grade, treat and store our produce properly which has significantly reduced losses and allows us to sell our harvest at better price," says Mary Kandaya, the chairman of Namangale farmers' cooperative. "My earning power has increased and hunger is now something of the past."

Gladys posing with the booklet she uses for her nutrition chats with families. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

"In my community, there are many cases of malnutrition because of poverty, but also because of lack of knowledge. I touch on all areas including hygiene and I teach mothers to prepare healthy and nutritious food for their children," says Zero Hunger Champion, Gladys Makani. Gladys is a health promoter who spends her time walking from door to door to chat with mothers and fathers about good nutrition practices.

Bridget's life was transformed since she joined WFP's resilience-building programme. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

Back in 2015, Bridget Rodgers struggled to provide enough food for her children year round. For the last three years, she has been participating in WFP's Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) initiative. She is also a member of the Village and Saving Loans Group — a community micro-credit scheme, sponsored by WFP.

"With the money I saved and the interest rate I got, I managed to buy this sewing machine. Mending neighbours' clothes has resulted in a stable income for my family," says Bridget. A few years ago Bridget was hardly making ends meet. She is now one of many Zero Hunger champions, breaking the cycle of hunger in Malawi

World Food Day is a great to occasion to celebrate Zero Hunger champions across the world. Photo: WFP/Badre Bahaji

On 16 October, World Food Day, WFP is raising awareness to engage everyone to help build a Zero Hunger world.

Learn more about WFP in Malawi by visiting our website