May 28, 2020 is the 10th Annual World Hunger Day and we invite you to join The Hunger Project in bringing awareness to the more than 820 million people living in chronic hunger during an unprecedented global crisis.
On World Hunger Day – and every day – we ask the world to come together with a shared goal of realizing healthy, fulfilling lives of self-reliance and dignity for all people. Current events have illustrated that we are all linked – our individual and collective actions affect each other and our shared planet. We’re seeing, in real time, that the solutions to our greatest challenges lie within each of us and our communities.
UN World Food Programme Executive Director, David Beasley has announced that, at the same time we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also on the brink of a hunger pandemic. Influences such as this pandemic, climate change or economic turbulence affect millions of people on the cusp of food insecurity because of price hikes or breaks in the food supply chain. The reality is, COVID-19’s impact is taking us further away from the Sustainable Development Goal of ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
This global challenge calls for a global response. As we face this time together, it’s critical that the very people in crisis are empowered to address it powerfully in their communities – no matter where they live. Our existing network of 500,000 volunteers, partners and community-minded elected leaders across 13 Program Countries are responding rapidly, locally, and sustainably.
By sharing and investing on World Hunger Day, you join Hunger Project partners and millions of people in rural communities who are innovating collaborative solutions in the face of the current crisis – women and men who have reached across political and cultural boundaries in meaningful ways to act as agents of their own development for the greater good.
Why is community-led development important in creating a sustainable solution to hunger?
Individual and community ownership of local development goals is critical for lasting change. Actions are most successful if decisions are made close to the people. This requires effective national and local government working in partnership with the people. Building self-reliance and resilience at a community level is key to ending hunger. Learn more about our unique position of community-led response to COVID-19.
What is The Hunger Project approach?
Ending hunger is not about handouts. Since 1977, The Hunger Project has demonstrated success with sustainable, gender-focused strategies that are led by communities. We prioritize three critical elements that, when combined, empower people to make significant progress in overcoming hunger:
- Mobilizing people at the grassroots level to build self-reliance,
- Empowering women as key change agents, and
- Forging effective partnership with local governments.