Is nutritious, affordable food available to all members of the community?
World Food Program
There are 805 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in nine people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The good news is that hunger is entirely solvable. There is enough food in the world to feed everyone and no scientific breakthroughs are needed. Today’s knowledge, tools and policies, combined with political will, can solve the problem.
Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes. See what we're doing to make it happen.
Solving hunger is a “best buy” in today’s tough economy. When nations work together to solve hunger and invest in good nutrition, they increase productivity and create economic opportunities. Conversely, studies have shown that countries lose millions of dollars in economic output as a result of child undernutrition. Solving hunger is also a contribution to peace and stability. When governments can no longer guarantee adequate food supplies, states are prone to fall. Volatility on food markets can quickly translate into volatility on the streets.
Finally, solving hunger lays the foundation for progress in many other areas of development, including health and education. Well-nourished women have healthier, heavier babies whose immune systems are stronger for life. A healthy, well-fed child is also more likely to attend school.
Good progress was made in reducing chronic hunger in the 1980s and the 1990s, but progress began to level off between 2000 and 2010. All of us – citizens, employers, corporate leaders and governments – must work together to end hunger.
Do food stores located in lower socioeconomic neighborhoods include adequate fresh produce and meats?
Are classes offered to provide information about food and nutrition for:
- The Elderly
- Pregnant women, new mothers, and infants
- People suffering from obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc.
- Individuals having special dietary needs
Are there food banks for sharing food with those who need it?
Are restaurants encouraged to provide nutritious foods to enhance health and discourage obesity and related issues?
Are there nutritious meals available for those who are unable to prepare meals for themselves (the frail elderly, mentally ill and developmentally disabled, homeless)?
Are markets, schools, food providers and other organizations engaged to donate left over food to local food pantries?
Are adequate amounts of fresh produce available to the community?
Are local farmers encouraged to sell food within the community?
Are there programs in the schools that provide breakfast or lunch to students who would not otherwise have food?
Do schools provide nutritious meals for students? Classes to teach about nutrition and how it affects health?
Are there community gardens?
Are there gatherings to celebrate local harvests?
There's enough food in the world to feed every man, woman and child. So a world with zero hunger is within reach. It's what the World Food Programme, along with many other partners, is working for. And you can help.