Today, October 16, 2011, is World Hunger Day. The problem of hunger is worldwide and it’s effects are devastating. More people die from hunger related problems than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. And every six seconds a child dies from hunger related causes. This is a day to recognize that 1 BILLION people are hungry (that’s more people that the populations of the USA, Canada and the European Union…COMBINED). That 40,000 of those hungry people are children. That we are not hungry. And that we have an abundance with which we could feed some of those hungry people.
In order to help people recognize their own abundance and the potential difference they could make to hungry people worldwide, The FEED Foundation is encouraging people to track their food for a day and do two things:
1) Take a picture of your food/coffee/groceries/whatever and post the photos and the cost of each meal on FEED’s facebook wall. For every photo posted, they will donate a meal in your name.
2) Donate the cost of the meal to the FEED Africa Emergency Fund to provide aid to the people in Africa affected by the famine. (They also have a 1:1 matching donation program going on right now, so your donation will be doubled!)
This is a quick, easy and (if you just post a photo on facebook) FREE way to end someone’s hunger.
If you can’t afford to donate the cost of the meal, I would strongly encourage you to skip a meal and donate the cost of it to someone who has already skipped MANY meals. Or…maybe just skip your latte and donate the cost of that? The cost of a $4 latte could provide SIXTEEN school meals to kids in Ethiopia. That’s SIXTEEN kids who would not be hungry for a day. Because of you. And that’s a REAL difference to those sixteen kids.