The United Nations World Food Programme which recently organised an essay competition to mark World Food Day awarded the winners at a function here on Sunday.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave away the awards.

The competition which was organised to promote broader understanding about hunger and malnutrition among students attracted essay submissions by roughly 800 students from Class IX to Class XII from 21 schools in the National Capital Region.

Students wrote about innovative strategies to fight hunger in the country.

“It was very encouraging to read about the compassion that students have for people who never have enough to eat,” said WFP India representative Mihoko Tamamura.

“The world’s poor are going through difficult times with high food prices and we need to push ourselves harder to help them.”

Six students were awarded in two categories. The first category included students from Class IX and X, while awards in the second category were given to students in Class XI and XII.

The essays were judged by a panel comprising Delhi University lecturers and academics.

Winners received digital cameras, MP3 players, and electric pianos. 112 consolation prizes were also given.

In addition to awarding prizes to the essay winners, an on-the-spot quiz competition was organised in which a large number of students participated.