|Posted by New York Young Professionals on February 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM|
Did you know 842 million people in the world do not have enough to eat? Did you know that poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths in children under five; that 3.1 million children die each year due to poor nutrition? 66 million primary school-aged children attend class hungry across the developing world each day. According to the World Food Programme calculations, on $3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children.
The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Part of the United Nations systems, WFP is voluntarily funded and was developed in 1961 to pursue “a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy lifestyle.” Each year, WFP reaches an average of 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries with 13,500 people working for the organization.
Knowledge is half the battle. You can make a difference today. By visiting www.wfp.org/get-invovled you can join the community and keep up to date with the fight against hunger. You can add a banner to your webpage, share your new knowledge on social media, or simply “like” WFP on Facebook. You can take the Hunger Quiz, play Freerice and earn rice to be delivered to those in need, or donate. You can fundraise or encourage your friends and family to donate as well.
Together, NYYP can make a difference!
--Kadie Mullins, Club President