If the child next door was hungry, would you give them some food? I feel pretty sure that the answer is YES. Most of us would do whatever we could for neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet and feed their kids. Why? Because we don’t want any child to feel the pain of hunger. And because feeding children is the right thing to do.
Sadly, too many kids are going hungry right now. In the U.S., about 1 out of every 7 children doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. And parents around the world — too many to count — are struggling to put food on the table. These children and families are our neighbors, and they need your help today.
Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. 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.
1 in 9 people are food insecure and don’t have access to healthy or affordable food options.
Over a quarter of the world's undernourished people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 1 in 4 people in this region is chronically hungry.
When a mother is undernourished during pregnancy, the baby is often born undernourished, too. Every year, 17 million children are born this way due to a mother’s lack of nutrition before and during pregnancy.
Women and girls make up 60 percent of the world’s hungry.
Nearly half of all deaths in children under 5 are attributable to under-nutrition. This translates into the unnecessary loss of about 3 million young lives a year.
736 million people, almost 1 in 10 people in the world, live under $1.90 a day, and over half of the extreme poor (413 million) live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
50 percent of hungry people are farming families.
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