How Much Would It Cost to End World Hunger?
Despite the recent rise in world hunger, the World Food Programme estimates that to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 would cost $40 billion per year.
That seems like an impossibly large amount money, but consider these facts:
- In 2021, Americans spent nearly $11 billion on Cyber Monday.
- In 2020, in the United States alone, the increase in billionaires’ net worth was over $1 trillion.
- According to the USDA, food waste in the United States averages 30% to 40% of the food supply per year — more than $161 billion.
We have the resources to end hunger. No child should be allowed to starve. — David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme
How Does Hunger Affect a Child’s Development?
Hunger, undernourishment and malnutrition harm young children’s early development on multiple levels. The damage can begin in the womb and extend throughout life.
Chronic undernutrition …
- Stunts physical growth and hinders social and emotional development.
- Shortens life expectancy and inflates infant and child mortality rates.
- Increases the likelihood of contracting preventable diseases or experiencing chronic health conditions.
- Inhibits learning, increases stress and introduces insecurity and instability into children’s lives.
Around 45% of deaths among children under 5 years of age are linked to undernutrition. These mostly occur in low- and middle-income countries. — World Health Organization
How Compassion Helps Children in Poverty Facing Hunger
When children experience lack of access to food — or the food available to them is deficient in nutrients — malnourishment and chronic health issues become life-threatening realities.
To fight this, we partner with local churches around the world to implement early intervention health and nutrition initiatives providing individualized care and attention to millions of children in poverty.
Our church partners are trained to identify malnutrition and take immediate action to address it. Often that means a program of emergency feeding or vitamin supplements, as well as working with the child’s caregivers to ensure that meals at home meet nutritional needs.
Additionally, our church partners provide the children with regular nutritious meals and snacks on program activity days and teach the children about the importance of a balanced diet. They also address ways the children can eat healthfully outside of program activity days.
Compassion’s health and nutrition initiatives ease the hunger and food insecurity of millions of babies, children and young adults, while also providing preventive care to support long-term wellness.
How Is Compassion Fighting the Current Crisis of Global Hunger?
Based on current global food crisis and hunger forecasts, Compassion anticipates an exceptionally critical, widespread need among the children and families in our care for both short-term and long-term interventions.
Short-Term Hunger Interventions
In the short term, Compassion is providing food packages and/or cash transfers to families with low household food security.
Relief supplies are distributed through partnerships with local churches, which means aid is delivered by neighbors to neighbors. When help arrives, it is a familiar face at the door.
Our local partners use mobile money transfers to send cash directly to families. It’s a secure, discrete and cost-effective way to get food assistance to those who greatly need it.
Long-Term Hunger Interventions
Compassion also is supporting long-term sustainability of food access by equipping families in rural areas with seeds, fertilizer, livestock and training on how to build and maintain home gardens, as well as how to increase harvest through small family farming efforts.
Caregivers and youth in urban areas are being provided income-generation training and opportunities to earn a sustainable living, helping eliminate lack of economic access and other financial causes of food insecurity.
Your Opportunity to Make a Difference
We invite you to join other caring Compassion supporters to help address life-threatening hunger needs cause by the global food crisis and to provide:
- Food kits that include essentials like rice, eggs, meat, milk, corn and other nonperishable dry goods.
- Medical therapeutic feeding for babies, children, youth, caregivers and siblings.
- Nutrition assistance for pregnant mothers and infants.
- Preventive and income-generating activities that help address food insecurity long term.
Our actions are our future! Please donate today to help families affected by the global food crisis.