Today – October 16 – is World Food Day.
Having access to nutritious food is something that many of us take for granted.
But there are millions of children around the world who don’t have enough to eat – and the consequences can be catastrophic.
1 in 4 children in poor countries suffer permanent damage to both their bodies and minds because as young children they didn’t get the nutritious food they need.
We’re determined to tackle hunger.
Here are just some of the things we do to make sure that children get the food they need.
1. Provide food and nutrition
Whether we’re supplying refugees in Greece with hot meals or giving millions of children vital vitamins, key to our hunger work is simply providing children with the nutrition they need.
2. Give grants and vouchers
We also provide grants and food vouchers for those who cannot afford food. In places like Iraq, where many families who have been forced to leave their homes, we distribute one WFP-funded Food Voucher worth $25 to families per month, to help them buy the basic food that they need.
3. Nutrition training
Also key to this project is giving advice on nutrition. Our staff and volunteers train communities and individuals on everything from how to prepare meals for a balanced diet to growing food and eating during pregnancy.
4. Provide malnutrition treatment
Many children around the world are suffering from severe malnutrition. We diagnose and treat children with life-saving items such as peanut paste and therapeutic milk.
5. Lobby world leaders
We also put pressure on world leaders to make sure that all children have access to food. Most recently, we’ve been doing this through action/2015 – a coalition of charities and organisations that have come together to make sure that 17 Global Goals are reached. One of those goals in No Hunger.
6. Prevent food crises
As well as responding to food crises when they happen, we also try to predict when and where they might occur. We do this through our Household Economy Approach, which has been developed over decades and helped millions of children.
Please donate now to help us continue our life-saving work.