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Why Hunger ?

Understanding Hunger

Beyond the numbers and words often used to describe it, understanding the full scope of hunger and malnutrition can be daunting. The resources below here to help you understand the issue and the effect it has on the 815 million people impacted by hunger worldwide.

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Education is the first step to understanding and thoroughly addressing any issue — and world hunger is no different. But all the knowledge in the world won’t solve hunger unless we all resolve to share and act on it. We challenge you to take our advocacy pledge so you can use what you’ve learned to help change minds, wills and policies in pursuit of zero hunger.

Our Impact Globally

Everyone on the planet has the right to the nutrition necessary to live life to his or her full potential. Since our founding in 1998, Rise Against Hunger has grown exponentially — and the ways in which we seek to end hunger continue to evolve. From the implementation of sustainable community development projects to our meal packaging program that harnesses the passion of local volunteers, we strive to make a global impact on hunger by building resilience, self-sufficiency and empowerment among the communities we work in and with. Here are a few examples of how we are approaching this goal.

Nourishing Lives

While long-term food security projects take root, vulnerable families and individuals still need to meet their basic needs today. Rise Hunger supports safety net programs that provide nourishment as well as additional skills training or services that support the difficult journey out of poverty. Our volunteer-packaged meals support children’s attendance at school, incentivize adults to learn a new trade or bolster clinic patients’ in order to bring about holistic and transformational development in each of their lives.






Empowering Communities

Rise Against Hunger bolsters agricultural production and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills, and market access. With training and access to quality seeds and fertilizers, farmers can increase production and harvest a variety of nutritious crops. By supporting the establishment of fish and livestock production, we also provide pathways to diversifying diets and outcomes. For those who do not grow their own food, income is a key determinant in being food secure — through income generating activities we help individuals increase their earning potential and thus their consistent access to food.





Hunger 101. Considering how easy it is for untrue statements and misconceptions to spread in our age of information, we urge you to learn the facts for yourself. We’ve compiled a list of useful figures and quotes to equip you on our shared journey to a hunger-free world.

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Educational Resources

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the issue of world hunger — education and awareness are the first steps to understanding and solving any issue. Fortunately, there are many resources available to deepen your understanding of this complex yet solvable problem.

Empowering Communities

Learn more about why the issues of poverty and hunger matter, and start to envision a world where all people have the capacity to reach their full potential.


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