Facts about Hunger and Poverty

11% of the worlds population suffer from hunger. Seeing the devastating effects of hunger is what caused our founder to set up Feed the Hungry and this continues to be the driving force behind our work.

766 million people, 45 385 million of them children, 46 lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2013. For those children we currently feed through our ‘Every Child Every Day’ programme, it is often the only meal they receive that day.

Poor nutrition causes 45 percent of the deaths among children under age 5. Feed the Hungry, alongside partner organisations, have set up hospitals and sent medical equipment to try and stop unnecessary deaths.

Close to 156 million children are stunted, a result of undernutrition and infection. The food Feed the Hungry provides is full of nutrients and vitamins which means reports of stunted growth from our projects have dramatically decreased.

In 1990, only 12 countries in Africa were facing food crises, of which only four were in protracted crises. Twenty years later, a total of 24 countries were experiencing food crises, with 19 in crisis for eight or more of the previous ten years. Feed the Hungry work in countries gripped by famine. We work with native people who know who needs the most support. 

Sixty-six million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world, with 23 million in Africa alone. Feed the Hungry currently feed over 400,000 children around the world as part of an educational programme. 

WFP calculates that US$3.2 billion is needed per year to reach all 66 million hungry school-age children. We continue to grow as an organisation and as a non-profit seek to use the money we steward by making sure more people are served. 

Unless the world tackles deprivation today, 167 million children will live in extreme poverty by 2030, and 69 million children under age 5 will die of preventable causes. We have committed to working towards a huge goal. Together with Rise Against Hunger we aim to see hunger eradicated by 2030.