Have you ever been hungry? I don’t mean the twinges of hunger you feel just before lunch, I mean truly hungry. Many of us are able to open up the cabinet or fridge and sate those hunger pangs with the food in our own home. We’re fortunate. Many others do not have access to the nutrition they need to survive. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, nearly one out of nine people worldwide, or approximately 792.5 million people, are undernourished. While that figure has declined from earlier figures, the number is staggering.
Imagine being a hungry child in school. How can you possibly learn if you’re hungry? Any task is nearly impossible when you’re starving. According to Stop Hunger Now, nearly 50% of people living in extreme poverty are under the age of 18. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five – nearly 3.1 million children around the world each year. Annually, more people die from hunger than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
Stop Hunger Now was founded on the premise of eliminating world hunger by 2030. Their mission “is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.”
Based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, Stop Hunger Now operates meal packaging programs in 20 cities in the US and across the globe. So far, with the help of 500,000 volunteers worldwide, they’ve distributed 295,539,817 in 74 countries. Over 89% of the contributions they receive go towards their programs.
In order to end extreme poverty, hunger and injustice all over the world, they need our help! On #GivingTuesday, 29 November 2016 join others around the world and give to Stop Hunger Now here. Consider signing up for monthly contributions and celebrate #GivingTuesday all year long.
Through Stop Hunger Now’s meal distribution and sustainable development projects, they are helping whole communities rise out of poverty. You can help, too. Your support means life to thousands around the world who suffer from hunger.
Get involved! Donate and volunteer, and don’t forget to share with your family, friends, and neighbors! #GivingTuesday