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“Close to a billion people - one-eighth of the world's population - still live in hunger. Each year two million children die through malnutrition. This is happening at a time when doctors in Britain are warning of the spread of obesity. We are eating too much while others starve.”

— Jonathan Sacks

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“If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.”

— Buzz Aldrin

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“If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

— Mother Teresa

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“Recent research shows that many children who do not have enough to eat wind up with diminished capacity to understand and learn. Children don't have to be starving for this to happen. Even mild undernutrition - the kind most common among poor people in America - can do it.”

— Carl Sagan

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“We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.”

— Jimmy Carter

Fact Sheet We Can Make a Difference!

 
  • An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend $33 billion on weight loss products because they eat more food than they need.
    Boston Medical Center
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity among families with children and communities of color, who already faced hunger at much higher rates before the pandemic.
    Feeding America
  • Small farmers, herders, and fishermen produce about 70% of the global food supply, yet they are especially vulnerable to food insecurity – poverty and hunger are most acute among rural populations.
    Action Against Hunger
  • Over 1/4 of the world's undernourished people live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Almost 1 in 4 people in this region is chronically hungry.
    Do Something
  • 30% to 40% of the food supply in the U.S. is wasted, which equals more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
    World Food Program
  • 11.3% of the world’s population is hungry. That’s roughly 805 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis, consuming less than the recommended 2,100 calories a day.
    Do Something
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
    Feeding America
  • An estimated 14 million children under the age of five worldwide suffer from severe acute malnutrition, yet only 25% of acutely malnourished children have access to lifesaving treatment.
    Action Against Hunger

Movies

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farms, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.

Where to Watch: Tubi, Hulu, YouTube

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A documentary that investigates incidents of hunger experienced by millions of Americans, and proposed solutions to the problem.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime, YouTube

Challenges

Biggest Problems For World Hunger in 2022

Requires a drastic shift in first world countries over purchasing. Food that has been deemed unsatisfactory by supermarkets that is still edible is food that can be used to feed the hungry. A lot of waste that is thrown away is good that is still good.

  • Poor governance
  • Food waste
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Plastic pollution
  • Deforestation
  • Air pollution
  • Agriculture
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Recent Successes

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United Nations - The United Nations is working towards ending world hunger, improving the life of many people. This requires comprehensive efforts to ensure that every man, woman and child enjoy their Right to Adequate Food; women are empowered; and priority is given to family farming. It requires a renewed focus on how to respond to crises, while all the time building capabilities and resilience within individuals' and communities' long-term and proactive strategies that deliver for people and planet.

World Economic Forum - India's National Food Security Act will help 800 million people access publicly financed or subsidized food. India's Government will distribute coarse grains in addition to basic staples such as rice and wheat. This will stimulate production, and promote food security.

Kenya's World Agroforestry Centre is helping dairy farmers produce more milk with fewer emissions through improved livestock feeding practices. They have already seen results with one farmer's cows producing nine times as much milk as they did before.

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ReFED - Food waste is a systemwide problem, and solving it will require a systemwide response. ReFED’s Roadmap to 2030 looks at the entire food supply chain and identifies seven key action areas showing where the food system must focus its efforts over the next ten years – plus it includes a detailed financial analysis to help direct the private, public, and philanthropic capital investments needed to fund these efforts. In line with the "Target-Measure-Act" framework for food waste reduction that’s been adopted around the world – and building on our landmark 2016 Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste – the Roadmap to 2030 is a comprehensive blueprint to help food businesses, governments, funders, nonprofits, and more take action.

How to Get Involved

Food Waste is a problem in which there is an excess of food that gets thrown away because it is not used. There are steps you can take to reduce your food waste.

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At least 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted every year—in fields, during transport, in storage, at restaurants, and in markets in industrialized and developed countries alike. In rich countries alone, some 222 million tons of food is wasted, which is almost as much as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa.

Here are 58 food recovery organizations that are working to meet these national and international goals and reduce food waste worldwide.

Rise Against Hunger is growing a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where it can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

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