By Kelly Ann Oxenham
One of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) was to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. While extreme poverty rates have been reduced by half since 1990, 1 in 8 people remain hungry. That’s about 805 million people in the world. In America alone, an estimated 49.1 million households do not know when their next meal will be. Most nights, an estimated 15.1 million children in America go to bed hungry.
Mind-boggling, isn’t it? When the compost bin is stuffed with food that’s been carelessly discarded, how is it possible that millions go hungry every night? What kind of society do we live in if we continue to allow that to happen?
Thankfully, there are a number of organizations that are doing wonderful, inspiring work to alleviate world hunger.Take the Selamta Family project, for example. Your sponsorship of just $240 provides an entire Selamta family with nutritious food for an entire month. This gift provides eight children in Ethiopia with wholesome, filling meals so that they can have peace of mind and focus in school.
In a different part of Africa, World Food Program (USA) is working hard to stretch your gift dollars so that just $50 will provide an in-school meal to a hungry child for the entire school year and help the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) fight hunger in the most impoverished regions of Malawi, and other parts of Africa where aid is needed.
Much closer to home, Let Kids Be Kids Inc ensures that your donations are put to good use advocating for change. Through various activities such as writing articles, volunteering at food banks and purchasing food for homeless shelters in the area, they are taking action to end world hunger.
There are many ways you (YES YOU!) can join in the global effort to end hunger. For a start, explore the numerous giving and volunteering opportunities on UniversalGiving®. 100% of your donated dollars goes directly to the cause. Reach out to the various organizations in your community that are feeding the hungry. I am sure they will be very appreciative of your kind offer of food, money and/or time.
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