Food Aid

About the Situation

By the Numbers

805 Million people around the world are living in hunger. That’s about one in nine people.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest prevalence of hunger. One in four people there is undernourished.

Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths of children under 5—3.1 million children each year.

(Sources: FAO, U.N., and World Food Program)

Around one in nine 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 four people is malnourished, to the United States, where 15.9 million children live 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! Insha’Allah, together, we can reach zero, as in zero hunger in the world.

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.

Here’s are some of the ways Islamic Relief donors have provided food aid:

International and Domestic

International and Domestic

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS click for more information

International and Domestic

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTIONS click for more information
International and Domestic

World Food Day

Oxfam America and IRUSA: World Food Day, Oct. 16

Islamic Relief USA again joins the Alliance to End Hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Oxfam America and other U.S. and international organizations to fight hunger with a World Food Day campaign on Thursday, October 16, 2014, which arrives just after the close of the Udhiyah/Qurbani season and Eid Al-Adha this year. On that day, participants around the world host dinners and share 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. Read “Islamic Relief USA and World Food Day 2014″ to learn how!

Last year, we made this DOWNLOADABLE CUSTOMIZED PLACEMAT so that community members could bring World Food Day to their tables—feel free to use it again in 2014,  and all throughout the year. 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: | 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.


by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.


by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.


to the Food Aid fund to support this effort.