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Learn about the Famine

Hunger Facts

The number of hungry people in the world may shock you. In fact, it should.

Fact #1

In 2014, 16,000 children younger than 5 died every day — most from preventable causes. It’s estimated that nearly half of these deaths were tied to hunger. That’s about one every 10 seconds.

Most of these kids died not from starvation, but from malnutrition — meaning too long without the right kind of food. Eating just enough to stay alive weakened their bodies so much that disease could strike the final blow.

hunger-facts-bus*Based on the most current United Nations data available during creation of 2016 Famine materials
**Based on an average bus capacity of 85 people

Fact #2

Worldwide, 795 million people — about one in nine — are chronically hungry. That’s nearly 2.5x the population of the United States.

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Many families depend entirely on what they can grow, so they’re never more than one natural or manmade disaster away from hunger.

Fact #3

Nearly one in 10 people live on less than $1.90 per day.

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People like you helped make big headway against hunger in 2014.