This weekend: make the world HungerFree

BY 30 HOUR FAMINE TEAM

Every year, eight heads of state from around the world gather together to discuss pressing global issues and concerns. This gathering is known as the G8 Summit. These summits sometimes result in financial commitments toward pressing global needs, but more than that, they display political will and direction for global efforts to solve those problems. On [date], this year’s G8 summit will be held at Camp David in Washington DC  and will include the heads of state from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, U.K., and the U.S.

By doing the 30 Hour Famine, you are making a bold statement against hunger. This year, you can influence these decision makers. Join with us in making sure our leaders put hunger and malnutrition on the agenda for the G8 Summit next month.  We want our global leaders to believe that overcoming hunger is possible-we want them to imagine a HungerFree world. Here’s how…

Take the HungerFree Art Challenge: Create art that expresses the importance of a hunger free world. People vote on their favorites. The eight winning art pieces will be printed as the covers for HungerFree Photo books given to G8 leaders, (imagine your art being given to President Obama!), as well as displayed on the HungerFree art installation being built outside the Summit in Washington DC. Upload your art here.

Youth Leaders: Doing the Famine this weekend? Many groups spend part of their weekend making signs with statistics and messages that raise awareness in their own community. This weekend, spend time as a group creating art pieces that will not only impact those in your community but also spur our global leaders into action.

 Can’t get enough of this? Beginning Monday, there will be two more ways you can get involved in the HungerFree Campaign-through Facebook & Twitter. You can learn more in this video and then continue overcoming hunger around the world as we gear up for the G8 in May.

Here’s what we want world leaders to commit to:

  • Cut the number of malnourished children by 15 million in the next three years.
  • Ensure nutrition-specific outcomes and interventions for mothers and children under age five are a part of food security country investment plans.
  • Invest in nutrition during the vital 1,000 day window from conception to a child’s second birthday.
  • Meet existing G8 aid commitments for health and nutrition interventions, and publish accountability reports so the public can track progress on commitments made.