“Close to a billion people – one-eighth of the world’s population – still live in hunger. Each year 2 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.”
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Have you ever been really really hungry? So hungry it made you feel physically ill? Hungry enough to be worried about where your next meal is coming from, especially if you haven’t eaten for the last 24 hours?
I haven’t ever been this hungry … ever. But I do know that no matter what crazy diet I’m on, I would never want to go without food for any extended length of time and certainly not 24 hours.
For all of my life I’ve had a job, been able to pay most of my own bills and pick up groceries when needed. When things got tight financially there was always mummy to turn to or an aunt or a close friend aka I would never ever be hungry if I couldn’t feed myself or by extension my son.
Yet there are those walking this earth with us who are constantly hungry. The World Hunger Organisation Service for example offers this info on hunger:
“The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 795 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2014-2016. Almost all the hungry people, 780 million, live in developing countries, representing 12.9 percent, or one in eight, of the population of developing counties. There are 11 million people undernourished in developed countries.”
And here are three out of the ten stats on the World Food Programme website which supports the above:
- “Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth.
- 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone.
- One out of six children — roughly 100 million — in developing countries is underweight.” (Click here for total stat list).
That’s serious serious stuff. And even though we may not be fully aware of the stats, I am sure we are all aware that hunger is a problem all over the world today – even in our own little city or town or neighbourhood. But what are we actively doing to alleviate hunger?
If you’re not sure what you can do, here are a few personal ideas of mine to consider:
- Liaise with a teacher of a school (or Sunday School teach at a church) in your area to find out how you can provide breakfast regularly for at least one child
- Prepare a few bags of healthy snacks and include hygiene essentials (soap, wet wipes, toothbrush and toothpaste) which can be passed on to the homeless when you pass them on the street
- Donate time or support (whether cash or kind) to a charity coordinating a food bank programme
- Start your own food drive where you invite family and friends to donate to your favourite charity via your home
- Reach out to a single parent in your neighbourhood by dropping off a cake or other baked goodies ever so often
- Support your local farmer – buy green!
Want your child to understand homelessness and hunger? Here’s a super cool free resource you can share. And to wrap this all up, take a look at what one of our organisations right here in Barbados is doing to play their part. They make me very proud to be ‘Bajan’ and encourage me to do more 🙂
“When you share your last crust of bread with a beggar, you mustn’t behave as if you were throwing a bone to a dog. You must give humbly, and thank him for allowing you to have a part in his hunger.”
“Unlike curing cancer or heart disease, we already know how to beat hunger: food.”
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