ONE Portsmouth business is hoping to save the world – one hot dog at a time.
Street food business Feed Hot Dog Co, which has appeared at many popular city events like Victorious and Love Southsea markets, has gifted 1,224 packets of life-saving food to programmes treating malnutrition in Aleppo, Syria.
The ‘more-than-profit’ business was started in May of this year by event manager Pete Hunt, from Hilsea.
The company sells gourmet hot dogs from a portable hot dog cart, and for every hot dog sold, a packet of emergency food is gifted to a programme treating child malnutrition.
Pete, 27, said: ‘The concept behind Feed is simple. We use our love of street food to help children in need.
‘One in four of the world’s children are malnourished. This leads to severe health complications in later life and sometimes even worse.
‘We want to change this. Our mission is to help end global hunger with the thing we love.’
The emergency food is called Plumpy’Nut, a nutrient enriched peanut paste used to treat emergency malnutrition cases. It contains essential fats, carbohydrates and protein as well as added vitamins and minerals. It can save a starving child from impending illness or death.
Also, it has a shelf life of 18 months and requires no preparation to use, making it practical.
To make the deliveries possible, Feed Hot Dog Co has joined up with humanitarian aid charity, Plump’d.
Pete said: ‘Plump’d is tremendously grateful to Feed Hot Dog Co and its kind-hearted customers.
‘Together, we are sending thousands of sachets of Plumpy’Nut to children in northern Syria, who have never been more vulnerable than at present.
‘Our customers have demonstrated that a small decision about lunch can make an enormous impact.’
Pete said the company was now looking to link up with other businesses to expand the project.
He said: ‘We’re firm believers in collaboration. With this first shipment behind us, we’re now looking for businesses, events and venue spaces that would like to be part of the next one.
‘We’re looking at a couple of kitchen takeovers for next year, as well as a calendar of local events which we’ll be trading at. Whatever we do and wherever we go, one thing is for sure. We’ll be saving the world, one hot dog at a time.’
To get involved e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or go to feedhotdog.co.uk/