|photo by Freddy Murphy|
FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY (FH) CANADA works hard with communities stuck in poverty to help families build stronger livelihoods so they can cultivate and buy the nutritious food their children need. But creating a self-sustaining community takes time, and if children don’t receive proper nutrition in the developmental years, the damage cannot be reversed later in life.
In order to address this critical issue, FH integrates programming in the areas of education, health, livelihoods, and emergency response with a strong priority on children’s health and nutrition. One way FH accomplishes this priority is through supporting school meal programs by providing nutrient-packed, dried soup mix to schools and ministries that feed children.
Adults who were malnourished as children earned at least
20% less on average than those who weren’t.
66 million primary school-age children attend classes
hungry across the developing world.
Hunger and malnutrition are the number one risk to health worldwide
- greater than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.
1 in 4 of the worlds children are stunted;
in developing countries this is as high as 1 in 3.
Guatemala has the highest incidence of chronic malnutrition
in Latin America, with 49% of children affected.
*Facts compiled from the UN World Food Programme wfp.org and UNICEF unicef.org