Right now there are millions of children around the world going hungry. 1 in 6 children in the developing world are either underweight or malnourished. Ending hunger and food insecurity across the world is a huge task however there are a number of great organisations rolling up their sleeves to do something about it. Here are four of our favourite charities that are doing just that.
Mary's Meals are our main giving partner so of course they have to be top of this list! They run school feeding programmes in some of the worlds most deprived communities.They are currently feed a staggering one million child around the world every school day! We wrote a full blog post all about Mary's meals a while back - feel free to check it out here.
The World Food Programme
The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide and is part of the United Nations.
In emergencies they get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed they use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
Born in 1961, the World Food Programme pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.
Their programme reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. About 11,500 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.
Mana is a US based charity that make something called MANA (Mother Administered Nutritive Aid), a ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) made of a fortified peanut paste that has been carefully formulated to provide a child’s basic nutritional needs. Roughly three servings of MANA a day for six weeks can save the life of child suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Not only do they make a special fortified peanut butter, they also seek to spread awareness of severe acute malnutrition and the 20 million children it affects every year.
Action against Hunger
Action Against Hunger is a humanitarian organisation committed to ending child hunger. Every day they work to save the lives of malnourished children while providing families with sustainable access to safe water and good nutrition.
With over 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster and chronic food insecurity, they helped over 13.6 million people in 47 countries last year.