World Hunger Overview

Global Hunger is Growing

Globally, 854 million people suffer from hunger, up from 852 million just one year ago. That is equal to the entire population of both North and South America! Countries with large populations of hungry people are usually poor and often lack the social safety nets we enjoy, such as soup kitchens, food stamps, and job training programs. When a family that lives in a poor country cannot grow enough food or earn enough money to buy food, there is nowhere to turn for help.

One Child Dies Every Five Seconds because of Hunger

Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. In the time it takes you to read this web page, 7 children will have died from lack of food somewhere in the world.

Problems Associated with Hunger are Devastating

Those who live with hunger live with the most extreme form of poverty. Most poor people who battle hunger deal with vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which result in stunted growth, weakness, and vulnerability to disease. Chronic undernourishment can lead to mental retardation, hinder fetal development, and negatively affect people’s mental health and sense of hope.

For more information on world hunger, see the World Food Programme website.

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