A girl in orange dress standing in a field
A girl in orange dress standing in a field

GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS

Responding to the Global Food Crisis

A global food crisis is looming, and the church is ready to respond. Compassion partners with more than 8,000 local churches around the world to provide immediate and long-term support to children and families.

$50* is all it takes to fight hunger for a family in poverty amid the global food crisis. Please prayerfully consider giving what you can to provide for urgent needs like food packs and cash transfers for our brothers and sisters impacted by the crisis.

*Did you know $50 can supply a family of five with a one month food supply of essentials like rice, eggs, meat, milk and corn?

Effects of the pandemic, severe weather, and the Russia-Ukraine war threaten our world with a global food crisis, and now we're facing the most severe shortage we've seen since World War II — and children living in poverty are the most vulnerable and hardest hit.

Our church partners see every day how hunger is harming children, stunting their development and keeping them from their full potential. So new needs from these partners are already pouring in. As they faithfully serve, they’ll help stabilize their communities in the short term while providing long-term hunger mitigation – all in Jesus’ name.

Responding to the worldwide food crisis is vital to our mission, and we need your support.

9.9%

of people globally are affected by world hunger, which has been worsened by the food crisis.

149 million

children (about one in five worldwide) are chronically malnourished.

3.1 million

children die from undernutrition each year.

Sources: UNICEF

Pastor Gleydson in Brazil sees the crisis’ severity when he helps serve lunches at his local Compassion center. "I remember the day I witnessed a child at the center eat four plates of food and ask for another. We asked him why he was eating like that. His answer broke our heart: 'I’m eating because I don’t know when I’m going to eat again.'" Stories like this are becoming alarmingly common.

Compassion’s unique response is to strengthen communities through partnership with local churches. Thanks to our loyal supporters, we can deliver resources and assistance through local churches because they have been there before this crisis, will be there throughout and will remain long after it is over.

2 Ways to Respond to Global Food Crisis Today

Jesus offers provision in the most desperate places. Psalm 23:5 says, “You set a table before me in the presence of my enemies.” In the center of conflict, Jesus sets a table to feed the hungry and care for the vulnerable — and with your support, Compassion’s local church partners are being his hands and feet.

1. Pray:

"Let’s pray for local churches, that they can be a light in these times of darkness, and a place for healing, shelter and service for anyone in need,” says Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, president and CEO of Compassion International.

Would you take a moment now to pray for the global food crisis?

  • Pray for caregivers and children suffering from hunger; pray for provision, peace and long-term solutions to the global food crisis.
  • Pray for Compassion’s local church partners who are seeing the global food crisis firsthand and responding to meet needs. Ask for them to have wisdom, protection, endurance and the resources they require.

2. Give:

Needs are twofold: providing food parcels and cash transfers to stop insecurity in the short term while empowering families with seeds, fertilizer, livestock and training so they’ll have sustainable food supplies in the long term.

"Had it not been for the income-generating training the center facilitated for us, we would have been dependent on food distributions," says Chaltu, a mother in Ethiopia. "I get chills just thinking about what I would have done."

Thank you for your prayers and support for those facing unimaginable suffering as a global food crisis threatens so many.