Emily Towns: What Do You Know About Global Hunger?

“If you could eat only one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?”

This is the way we often speak about food. It’s a hobby, a pastime, and a vehicle for community. For many, however, food isn’t just about fun. It’s a matter of life and death.

I ask myself about food often. I wonder, “When am I going to eat dinner?” and “What will I want to eat? Will I want dessert?” In fact, as I write this, I’m considering whether I should eat a snack. But I’ve never had to ask myself, “Am I going to eat at all?”

In homes around the world, children are asking that very question. They are waking up weak and tired, knowing that today will be another day they won’t get to eat. Just like yesterday … and the day before. Right now, mothers are frantically counting coins and checking cupboards, hoping they can scrape something together.

Families are starving. And starvation statistics are so staggering that it can feel impossible to make an impact. But behind every number and every statistic is a face and a name … and a child who will die without help.

So right now, ask yourself this question — What do I really know about the hunger crisis? And how can I help?

Here are six true or false questions to test your knowledge:

1.     True or false? One out of every nine people suffers from a debilitating lack of food.

True. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than malaria, tuberculosis, and AIDS combined, and it is a widespread issue. Globally, one out of every nine people will go to bed hungry tonight. That means if you put 30 children from around the world in one classroom, at least three of them would be starving to death. And when you look specifically at places like Zimbabwe, Uganda, Haiti, and Syria, that percentage only grows.

2.     True or false? The main cause of global hunger is overpopulation.

False. There are enough grains and vegetables grown every year to feed the global population several times over. The problem comes when the world’s food supply is not evenly distributed. Extreme poverty, war, famine, political unrest, and drought are just a few of the reasons a community can find itself without access to nutrient-dense food. The majority of the world’s hungry live in developing nations, and there is simply no way to survive when disaster strikes.

3.     True or false? Hunger affects all ages and genders equally.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Emily Towns