The reality of global hunger

One in every nine people in the world don't have enough to eat.

94 percent of these people live in developing countries. And for the first time in decades, the percentage of hungry people is rising. In 2017, there were 6 million more hungry people than the year before.

Some live at the mercy of hunger crises like the one that has been gripping South Sudan for two years. Others have been forced from their homes, scraping by with what they can find. Countless families are caught in a seemingly inescapable cycle of poverty and hunger.

But when we come together, there’s hope. Over the past 25 years, hunger has decreased by 20 percent, thanks to people like you. Our generation has the power and drive to eradicate hunger if we keep fighting together. It's retreating to the hardest places, but hunger has actually risen globally in the last two years. So let’s chase even harder.


How can you help fight hunger?

When you do the 30 Hour Famine, your fundraising goes toward:

Just how big is this Famine army of hunger-fighting students?

  • Nearly 6.1 million students have gone hungry with the 30 Hour Famine so that hungry kids around the world could eat. 
  • They've raised money to help feed and care for hundreds of thousands of kids around the world.

    In 2019:
  • Over 117,445 students went without so others could have more...
  • these students raised over $1.7 million...
  • to feed 3,576 children for a year.

The Famine is about more than stomachs. In 2019:

  • Nearly 106 students made a first-time decision for Christ.
  • More than 708 students renewed their commitment to Christ.

Where does hunger exist?

There are 821 million chronically hungry people in the world. Where do they live?*

39 million

Latin America and the Caribbean

256 million

sub-Saharan Africa

515 million



*Why don’t these numbers add up to 821? Because the remaining amount of hungry people live in island nations and the developed world — in countries like the U.S.

These numbers represent real people.
  • Asia has the highest number of hungry people . . . but it also has the biggest population.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest percentage of hungry people.
  • There are over 200 million fewer hungry people in developing countries today than there were in the early 1990s.

What else is World Vision doing about hunger?

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