A child dies from hunger-related causes every 13 seconds.
That’s as many as 7,000 children younger than 5 — killed every day. In extreme situations, like a food crisis, children do die from starvation. But in the vast majority of cases, children die because their immune systems are powered down by malnutrition, leaving the door wide open for deadly diseases.
Most of the 20,000+ child deaths every day are 100% preventable.
No child should die from an empty stomach. Nearly all of these deaths are from simple causes with existing cures: diarrhea, malaria, and more, many of them resulting from (or made more likely by) hunger and poverty.
Around the world, 925 million people are hungry.
That’s roughly 3 times the population of the U.S. — and it’s one of every seven people in the world.
Many families depend entirely on what they grow, so they’re never more than one disaster away from hunger. Others can’t find decent-paying employment; still others work multiple jobs but can barely afford enough food for their children.
The poor spend most of their money on food.
Imagine you’re one of the 2.6 billion people who live on less than two dollars a day.
You’ve got to care for your whole family with this meager amount — not just food, but shelter, school, healthcare, and clothes. And food prices take up most of your budget.
How do you make ends meet? Buy medicine instead of food when somebody gets sick? Go from two meals a day to one? These aren’t choices. They’re life sentences — and the prison is poverty.
We can help save kids’ lives.
Here’s the proof: Since the Famine started in 1992, the total number of kids under age 5 who die each day has fallen from 40,000 to just over 20,000. That’s thanks to the hard work of a lot of people, including groups like yours who do the Famine.
Hunger and the human body
It’s not just a stomach thing. Hunger affects every part of the body. And these effects can last for a lifetime. The bottom line? A hungry child is four times more likely to die from treatable or preventable disease.
healthy | A healthy brain uses 20 percent of your body’s energy. That energy comes from . . . you guessed it. Food.
hungry | Hunger starves the brain. Malnourished kids fall behind in school — or drop out — because they can’t concentrate (or because their families need them to help put food on the table).
healthy | A healthy heart pumps a steady supply of blood throughout the body.
hungry | An undernourished heart shrinks. Literally. So it has to work harder to pump blood — which your body can’t make enough of.
healthy | The liver and kidneys filter out toxins and waste, while your immune system fends off disease — often without you even knowing.
hungry | Dangerous toxins build up as the liver and kidneys fail. And a weakened immune system crumbles in the face of killer diseases.
skin & bones
healthy | Healthy skin is like armor, shielding the body from infection. Healthy bones get bigger and stronger as a child grows.
hungry | Skin cracks, becoming a gateway for infection. Bones stop growing — which is why hungry kids are so often small for their age, also known as stunting.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.”
— Matthew 25:35 (NIV)
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