Here’s some food for thought this Thanksgiving: one in seven people in the world will go to bed hungry tonight. One in seven babies born today risk being born into hunger. In fact, close to one billion people around the world go hungry each and every day. And perhaps not surprisingly, women, children, and rural communities are on the frontlines of hunger.
The irony is, it doesn’t have to be that way. There is actually enough food in the world for everyone to have the nourishment necessary for a healthy and productive life. This year’s FAO State of Food Insecurity Report finds that high, unpredictable food prices are likely to continue, with the greatest negative impact on those who already suffer from low incomes, especially the urban poor and smallholder farmers. And although headline-grabbing crises such as the famine in the Horn of Africa, are a vital way to bring attention to the situation, emergencies account for less than eight percent of hunger’s victims according the the World Food Programme.
Take the quiz and feed a child!
The World Food Programme — the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger — has a great new tool to help feed needy children. Click here to take a short quiz that tests your knowledge on the scope and impact of hunger. Here’s the cool part: 25 cents will be donated to the World Food Programme’s school meals program for every person who takes the hunger quiz.
One billion hungry, two billion internet users, seven billion in the world today — the numbers speak for themselves. Take the quiz and make a happy Thanksgiving even happier.
Photo credit: Somali refugee children at Dolo Ado Camp on Ethiopia courtesy of WFP/Natasha Scripture