In recent years, child poverty has become a major social issue in Japan. In response, the number of Children's Food Kitchens, known in Japanese as 子供食堂 kodomo shokudo, has been growing nationwide.
Through initiatives by local residents and local governments, kodomo shokudo provide free or low-cost hot meals to children, as well as a place for local residents to communicate and socialize.
While these efforts are expanding, there is still a lack of support. This is why a new project was launched.
Kodomo shokudo all over Japan: A nationwide collaboration of restaurants
On March 4, Sinsiarge Co Ltd, which operates a welfare service called dokodemo shashoku & gakushoku allowing companies and schools to use nearby restaurants as cafeterias, launched a new project geared specifically at needy children.
Named "Kodohapi," a portmanteau of kodomo and "happy," the project taps the company's existing network of 15,000 restaurants currently participating in the dokodemo shashoku & gakushoku service to provide children's food kitchens to needy children throughout the country.
In addition, they will be partnering with instructors from all over the country to offer Kodomo gakushu (learning for children) to support children's educational needs with content such as online drawing classes, music classes, and sports classes.
In the chart above, Kodohapi (center) makes arrangements for kodomo shokudo and Kodomo gakushu (top). Companies (left) are sponsors, while elementary schools, pediatric hospitals and children's centers (right) are collaborators. Finally, Kodohapi accepts applications and makes information about their services available to children (bottom) who are eligible to benefit.
How to use Kodohapi?
If you check the Kodohapi website or their Twitter account, you will be able to find out where and when children's food kitchens are being held.
There may be a limit to the number of people who can use the service, so you will need to apply by filling out an application form.
The importance of children's food kitchens will continue to grow in the future, as the number of layoffs and suspensions of employment is increasing due to the novel coronavirus infection.
Hopefully, efforts like these will help needy children weather these difficult times.
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