In line with the theme for 2023 United Nations World Food Day, “Water is life; water is food; leave no one behind”, the Jos Foodies Club extended her outreach to feed over 1000 inmates of the Plateau State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Jos Foodies Club is the largest online food community in the whole of Northern Nigeria, having been established in 2018. Currently, the food club has over 75,000 members across the 17 Local government areas of Plateau State.
The United Nations World Food Day is observed every October 16th, but due to their busy schedules during the week, the Jos Foodies Club chose Saturday, October 14th, 2023, to visit inmates of the Nigerian correctional facility in Jos.
It’s amazing that the Jos Foodies Club of about 50 members who visited the correctional facility cooked standard tasty jollof rice, spaghetti bolognese, Macaroni bolognese, and shawarma for the inmates.
The convener of the Jos Foodies Club, Mr Dickson Nanfwang popularly known as DJ Shawarma, expressed his gratitude to the staff of the Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS) Plateau State command for allowing them to carry out this noble task.
He stated that; when we interact with the prisoners, we spend at least 4 hours with them. We got to hear some of their stories, most of the stories are pathetic.
“There is a need to look into the correctional system because there are a lot of innocent people that are awaiting trial for as long as 10-15 years before it will be determined if they are guilty or not, and imagine wasting 10-15 years of your life here at the correctional center,” he added.
Mr. Nanfwang also used the opportunity to appreciate the entire club for their immense contribution in one way or another to making the United Nations World Food Day a success. We are pleased to announce to you that we fed at least 1,500 inmates in line with this year’s theme.
Furthermore, Mr. Nanfwang disclosed that the Jos Foodies Club will not wait for another World Food Day to visit the inmates. Based on the relationship established with the prison authorities, we will use food as an avenue to come in and train, teach, interact, encourage, and counsel the inmates.
”We endure cooking to feed people.”