The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005. The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million more people into poverty.
Nonprofits, such as Feed My Starving Children, are meeting the urgent need for food by providing nutritious meals specifically designed to bring a starving child back to health. The meals are then distributed in orphanages, schools, and relief centers by partner organizations around the world.
What is malnutrition?
Malnutrition is not having enough nourishing food, with adequate amounts of protein, vitamins, minerals and calories to support physical and mental growth and development. Children who survive early childhood malnutrition suffer irreversible harm—including poor physical growth, compromised immune function, and impaired cognitive ability.
Sources: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Food Programme, www.one.org, www.africare.org, www.theholeinourgospel.com, www.30hourfamine.org, Save the Children "A Life Free From Hunger" 2012 Report, and World Vision International.