Remember seeing store shelves like these? If so, do you also remember how it felt when you saw them? Did panic and fear come up for you? Imagine if that was what you experienced each day every time you went to the store or even opened your kitchen cabinet. Hopelessness could easily set in.
Today, on World Hunger Day, we pause to remember and pray for the millions of people around the world who struggle with food insecurity.
As we are slowly easing out of the quarantine here in the US, millions of citizens in the US are still unemployed and the impact of the virus overseas is heightening. The virus has even escalated starvation and malnutrition around the world. On 4/20/20, the UN’s World Food Program released an alarming report on the potential for extreme food shortages in developing countries. Executive Director David Beasley described the situation as a “perfect storm,” where a severe food shortage that existed before COVID-19 could nearly double from 135 million people at risk to 265 million by the end of the year.
This is why Project 216 exists – to help you do something about this need. Partnering with you, nutritious meals and hope are available to food insecure children and their families at our local food pantries and through our overseas distribution partners.
But, on this World Hunger Day, what kind of action can we take as we still practice social distancing and slowly ease out of quarantine?
It can be as simple and painless as shopping. If you haven’t already, consider enrolling with any of the following programs where 3,000+ retailers donate as you shop and choose Project 216 to help fund these life-saving meals.