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Hunger and Poverty

CitiIMPACT can assist to lead efforts to end hunger with your partnership.

In the next seven seconds, another hungry child will die. How can everything be alright with any of us, if it isn’t alright for all of us?

CitiIMPACT’s partners are on the front lines of fighting hunger. We can distribute emergency food aid, nourishing the hungry. Together we can give local farmers the seeds, tools, and training they need to grow their own food and feed their own communities. And we can advocate for the hungry all over the world.

Please join us in creating a world without hunger — a world in which no child dies for want of nutritious food. This site offers information on hunger, its causes, and how it can be stopped. You can learn more about key hunger-related issues and share what you discover with friends and family.

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Hunger Information

Learn everything you need to know about hunger and its effect on children. Here is a glimpse:

We’ve all heard stories of hunger — and seen the tragic images of emaciated children with hollow eyes and swollen bellies, one breath away from abject hunger. But hunger is even more treacherous than these dramatic images convey.

Hunger affects every aspect of human development. Without good nutrition:

  • A child’s growth will be stunted.
  • His intellectual and motor skills will be impaired.
  • His little body will become more vulnerable to disease.
  • Most likely, he won’t have the energy needed for school.
  • If he survives to adulthood, his economic prospects will be bleak.

Hunger is anything but yesterday’s problem:

  • More people are going hungry than ever before — approximately 1 billion worldwide.
  • The recent global food crisis and economic downturn have added more than 115 million people to the ranks of the hungry over the last couple of years.

More than 1 billion people experience hunger on a daily basis.
Hungry children and their families can be found in every corner of the world.

They include:

  • Subsistence farmers who can’t grow enough to feed their families
  • City dwellers who don’t earn enough to buy the food they need

The number of children affected by hunger is growing, too:

  • In the last two years, more than 115 million children, women, and men have joined the ranks of the hungry.
  • Worldwide, 1 in 4 children don’t get the nutrition they need.

Sources: World Food Program, Food and Agriculture Organization

The poor spend up to 75 percent of their income on food. For us, rising food prices are a source of frustration. They may force us to eat out less often or rearrange other spending priorities. For impoverished children, however, even a modest increase in food prices can have devastating consequences.

In 2008, food prices soared by 57 percent, starting a new crisis. Several countries experienced riots because millions could no longer afford to buy basics like bread and rice.

The food crisis has affected children in different ways:

  • Faced with higher food prices, many children have been forced to eat cheaper and less nutritious food.
  • Others have to cut back from two meals a day to just one.
  • In the worst cases, children may go without food for days at a time.

Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization

A child dies from hunger-related causes every 7 seconds. Hunger is one of the leading child killers in our world, contributing to more than half of all child deaths:

  • Every year, nearly 5 million hungry children die.
  • Even if a child is just moderately low weight, she or he is four times more likely to die from an infectious disease compared to a well-nourished child.
  • Worldwide, approximately 145 million children are low weight and at risk of dying — simply because they don’t get enough nutritious food.

Sources: UNICEF, United Nations Development Program

Hunger perpetuates the vicious cycle of poverty. Hunger and poor eating rob children of their future:

  • A hungry child is less likely to stay in school. Yet education is crucial to long-term food security. A farmer with four years of elementary education is almost 9 percent more productive than a farmer with no education.
  • Hungry families are unable to invest in their own future. Hunger costs the world an estimated $20-30 billion per year in economic development.

Sources: Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program

Help Fight Hunger

Sponsor a child, make a donation, or raise your voice on behalf of hungry children and their families.

No child should die because she lacks nutritious food. No child should fail to reach his God-given potential simply because he can’t get enough to eat. Please join CitiIMPACT in creating a world without hunger, one child at a time.

  • Child Sponsoring
    Provide food and care for one special child — all for about $1 a day.
  • Give to the Cause
    Your gift will help address some of the world’s most pressing hunger needs.
  • Advocate
    Challenge our government leaders to prioritize the needs of hungry children.
  • Famine Challenge
    Youth groups & other groups experience what it’s like to be hungry while raising awareness and funds to fight hunger and poverty around the world.
  • Monthly Giving for stability
    Make a monthly gift to help children suffering from hunger around the world.