When our world produces enough food to feed everyone, how can it be possible that every five seconds a child dies from hunger? “Abundance, not scarcity, best describes the world’s food supply,” states Food First, the Institute for Food and Development Policy. “Enough wheat, rice and other grains are produced to provide every human being with 3,500 calories a day--the problem is that many people are too poor to buy readily available food.”
Today, October 16th, is World Food Day, a day devoted to bringing attention to the international effort needed to end world hunger. “Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people,” reports the Food and Agriculture Organization. 923 million people across the world are hungry, and of those, 35.5 million people—including 12.6 million children—reside within the United States. In a nation that has so much to offer, how can so many still be struggling to survive?
“The causes of poverty include poor people's lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself,” reports the World Hunger Organization. The World Bank estimates that of those 923 million people fighting for their lives, most are trying to make it on less than one dollar a day. Imagine if that was you.
On World Food Day, and every day, you should commit yourself to change. Join Tina Fey and Mercy Corps to end world hunger. You can donate your Lunch Money to Causes, which will provide real food to real people with your virtual donation. Play games online at FreeRice and FreeFlour to provide food to the malnourished. Or visit The World Food Programme to learn more about world hunger and make charitable contributions. You have the power to save a life today.
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