About the Situation
By the Numbers
842 Million people around the world are living in hunger. That’s about one in eight people.
More than half of those—62%—live in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa
Undernutrition contributes to 2.6 million deaths of children under 5 each year—one third of the global total.
(Sources: FAO, U.N., WHO, UNICEF, ECOSOC, and the World Bank)
Around one in eight people in the world lives in hunger. Such malnourishment strips millions of the energy it takes to lead productive lives: adults cannot work and children cannot go to school—let alone, develop physically. And for those who fight through the hunger to work or focus on studies, a lack of proper nutrients weakens the immune systems, leaving them very vulnerable to disease.
Hunger is the world’s No. 1 health risk—it kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. And hunger knows no bounds: there are populations of hungry people in every region, from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where one in three people is malnourished, to the United States, where one in four children lives in hunger. There is some good news: the total number of undernourished has fallen by 17% since 1990-1992. But the rate of progress is slow, and there is still so much to do!
How Islamic Relief USA is Helping
Islamic Relief USA’s food aid programs span the gamut in terms of size and reach: from mobilized deliveries in the wake of disasters to ongoing school lunch programs that help children receive the nutrition they need to focus on learning.
Farhia, in Mogadishu, Somalia, is one sister your donations have helped.
Food aid services are the focus of two of Islamic Relief’s annual seasonal campaigns: Ramadan and Udhiyah/Qurbani. Distributions made during these special seasons on the Muslim calendar simultaneously fulfill charitable obligations and help ease burdens on impoverished Muslims as they fast and observe religious traditions.
Here’s a breakdown of some food aid programs Islamic Relief has supported:
FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM
SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY PROGRAM
GIVING GRAIN FOOD PANTRY
U.S. FOOD SERVICE FOR KIDS
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
World Food Day
Islamic Relief USA again joined Oxfam America and other U.S. and international organizations to fight hunger with a World Food Day campaign on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, which coincided this year with the Udhiyah/Qurbani season and Eid Al-Adha. On that day, participants around the world hosted dinners and shared recipes to foster conversations about where food comes from, who cultivates it and how the food system can be more just and stable for everyone.
The goal of World Food Day is to raise awareness about the problems with the way food is produced and distributed globally. Islamic Relief USA is dedicated to working to repair our food system by advocating for better food production and distribution methods and by supporting local markets. DOWNLOAD THIS CUSTOMIZED PLACEMAT to bring World Food Day to your table, and check this out for additional ways to take action. And read “What Does Veterinary Training Have to do with Hunger?” to learn how your food aid support is helping people like Mohammed all around the world.
Global Day of Action
On June 7, 2013, Islamic Relief joined more than 200 organizations across the globe to take action against hunger through an initiative by the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign. Several Islamic Relief affiliate offices hosted events to raise awareness and support for urgent and sustainable food aid programs, and to bring thousands of concerned world citizens together to fight the food crisis. Here’s a sample post you can share on social media to get involved: 1 in 8 PEOPLE DON’T HAVE access to #FOOD. Help change this stat: http://goo.gl/2w3yG | Islamic Relief USA #bigIF #hunger @EnoughFoodIF
How You Can Help
Here are three ways you can help us help alleviate hunger for millions around the world.