You are a global champion and wanted to learn about how we can address hunger, but you’re also super busy and couldn’t make our event last week, “From Seed to Plate: Addressing the Global Hunger Crisis.” Not to worry! Here’s a rapid recap for you to check out.
Our charity speakers:
We talked about the global hunger crisis (this only scratches the surface!):
- Food insecurity is on the rise globally – over 820 million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
- Feed My Starving Children estimates that at least 6,200 children die each day from causes related to malnutrition.
- In Latin America and the Caribbean, the number of people living with hunger increased by 13.8 million in just one year, according to Food For The Poor.
- Disaster mitigation and risk management are a crucial part of Heifer International’s work to help farmers identify disruptions and create new opportunities.
There were examples of the charities’ work in action:
- For nine years, Feed My Starving Children has been working in Ukraine. They’ve delivered over 24 million meals in Ukraine and the surrounding areas. Speaker Ann Hill emphasized that this is not a short-term crisis, and Ukraine will need our support for quite some time.
- The conflict in Ukraine is also impacting places like Guatemala. Guatemala typically imports Eastern European fertilizers, but because of the conflict they aren’t as widely available anymore. To help this situation, Food For The Poor is working to increase access and availability of nutritious food for Guatemalan families.
- Meanwhile, other countries like India are facing climate-related agricultural crises. Heifer International works with families to create kitchen gardens and provide optimal training practices for farmers.
Here’s the one thing they each want you to know about hunger:
- Nutritious food is the foundation for progress. Kids thrive when they are fed!
- Eighty percent of hungry people live in disaster prone and degraded areas. Addressing hunger means addressing climate shocks and disasters.
- Women reinvest up to 90% of their incomes back into their families and communities. They are essential in addressing hunger, nutrition and economic growth.
And last but not least, here’s how you take action:
- Give to the End Hunger Fund. It is one of the easiest and most effective ways to fight hunger. One gift goes to multiple organizations (including the three listed above), and you know that they’re putting your dollars to work!
- $5 provides 10 pounds of rice and beans to help feed children. (Food For the Poor)
- $10 gives a family a share of a goat for milk – leading to nutrition and income. (Heifer International)
- $54 provides agricultural tools for farmers to work their land. (Food For The Poor)
- Learn more about these organizations on their websites.
- Share this recap and the event recording with your colleagues, friends and family.