Sixty-million people live in chronic hunger, and according to the Hunger Project, 80% of those suffering from chronic hunger live in disaster-prone countries. But hunger doesn’t discriminate: People in all parts of the world are literally starving to death, from sub-Saharan Africa, where one in four is malnourished, to the United States, where one in nine Americans are food insecure.
The coronavirus pandemic has made the hunger crisis that much worse.
The Washington Post reports: “The World Food Program, the branch of the United Nations responsible for delivering lifesaving food assistance, expects to need to serve 138 million people this year  — more than ever in its 60-year history.
The rise in hunger is ‘due to what I call ‘the three Cs’ — conflict, covid and climate,’ said Steve Taravella, a WFP spokesman. ‘We don’t take the word ‘famine’ loosely, but with famine looming in several countries at once, we’re facing a genuine crisis.’
IRUSA is working tirelessly so people never have to live in fear of food insecurity. Right now, for example, we are calling on donors to help sponsor 92 pallets of nutrient-dense meals (that’s 10,000 meals/pallet) so that we can deliver them across the country to families in need. It’s $6,000 to sponsor one pallet, $3,000 for half a pallet, or $167 for a box of about 217 meals. Every donation you can provide toward this effort will make a great difference in the lives of families who need your compassion and who need quality food access.
Food aid is the largest sector of Islamic Relief USA’s humanitarian aid. Our food aid programs range from worldwide distribution during the Ramadan and Qurbani seasons; to mobilized deliveries in the wake of disasters; to food pantries that provide easy access to quality food. Across the globe, we’re working hard to make sure that our neighbors have enough to eat.
Here’s just a sampling of our recent efforts to fight hunger:
The world still needs our help. Together we can work together for a world free of hunger. That is only possible with your support.
$10 can provide an individual hot meal.
$167 can donate a box of more than 200 packaged meals.
$6,000 can deliver a pallet of 10,000 nutrient-dense meals to vulnerable communities across the U.S.