About the Situation
By the Numbers
Nearly 1 Billion people around the world are living in hunger
More than half of those—62%—live in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa
One in three people in sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished
(Sources: U.N., WHO and the World Bank)
According to the United Nations, one-eighth of the world’s population 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 a growing condition: according to the U.N., increases in global food prices pushed an additional 44 million people around the world into poverty between June 2010 and February 2011. 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 undermalnourished, to the United States, where one in four children lives in hunger.
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
How You Can Help
Here are three ways you can help us help alleviate hunger for millions around the world.