We have a long way to go to reach zero hunger by year 2030, but we know we can do it.
Global Goal 2 aims to end huger by year 2030. And, the world has made great progress towards it. In fact, the number of hungry people around the world has fallen by more than 25% since 2000. That’s great news, but it’s not the full story. Take these striking statistics:
- Around the world, 815 million people go to bed on an empty stomach each night.
- Some 20 million people in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria live on the brink of famine.
- In some countries, the cost of a simple meal can equal a day and a half of work.
- In the U.S., more than 1 in 5 children is at risk for hunger.
Putting hunger in perspective
These stats are sobering. One that’s got our attention is number three. At this year’s Social Good Summit, Chef Author Potts Dawson, World Food Programme Chief David Beasley, and Al Jazeera’s Femi Oke took the stage to explain how a simple meal can drastically vary in cost around the world.
Things like conflict, natural disasters and economic strife can mean that a basic plate of food, like a simple bean stew, may cost a day’s wages or more in one country, while costing much less elsewhere. This is just one of the ways that the world’s hunger crisis is being put into perspective.
It’s one of the worst crises that we’ve seen since World War II. -Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children
Back in May, ABC news anchor David Muir and his team traveled with Save the Children’s Carolyn Miles, to meet families facing famine in Somaliland. There they met a boy, so weak from malnutrition, that he couldn’t stand. Miles stated that the fact that four countries— Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria—are on the brink of famine is unprecedented.
Three Ways to Help Fight Hunger
We have a long way to go to reach zero hunger by year 2030, but we know we can do it. This World Food Day, we’re putting a spotlight on the actions—big and small—that we can take to fight hunger.
- Share the Meal
Did you know you can help fight hunger with $0.50 and the tap of your smartphone? Share the Meal is a smartphone app created by the World Food Programme (WFP). It lets you make small donations to WFP projects that are fighting hunger and track progress along the way. It’s really that simple: http://bit.ly/2yqjTqX .
- Advocate to End Hunger
Hunger is a global issue and no country is immune to it. In the U.S., Feed America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization makes it easy to let Congress know that you support programs and policies to end hunger. Their simple tool lets you send a customized message to your member of Congress inviting them to visit a local food bank to see hunger first hand. Feeding America believes, “the best way to help legislators understand the scope of hunger in America is to invite them to see it for themselves.”
- Join the Global Emergency Response Coalition
The Global Emergency Response Coalition was created by nonprofits and businesses to help the 1.4 million children and 20 million people facing famine and at risk of starvation. You can help them by donating. For World Food Day, the PepsiCo Foundation and Blackrock have each offered a $1 million matching gift. That means every dollar donated will be match, dollar for dollar, up to $2 million. You can take action right now.
Take Action Challenge
- Ready to act to end hunger at home or abroad? Take one of the easy actions we shared above.
- We want to hear from you! Send us an email, Facebook message or tweet @globalmomschall and tell us how you’re working to end hunger in your community or around the world.
- Learn more about Global Goal 2—zero hunger—from our friends at the Global Goals.
Header photo: UN Photo/Arpan Munier