GLOBAL FOOD INSECURITY CRISIS
WHAT IS FOOD SECURITY?
INFORMATION FROM World Food Programme website
2021 Global Report on Food Crisis (SEE ATTACHED)
The magnitude and severity of food crises worsened in 2020 as protracted conflict, the economic fallout of COVID-19 and weather extremes exacerbated pre-existing fragilities. Forecasts point to a grim outlook for 2021, with the threat of Famine persisting in some of the world’s worst food crises.
For the first time in decades the world is seeing an increase in the number of food insecure families. In part due to the COVID-19 Global pandemic, extreme weather conditions and local conflict. For the first time in 60 years, we could start to see the death rate among children increase.
Information from Actionagainsthunger.org
BY THE END OF 2020, THE GLOBAL GOAL OF ACHIEVING ‘ZERO HUNGER’ BY 2030 SEEMED INCREASINGLY OUT OF REACH.
This follows another annual rise in the numbers of acutely food-insecure people in need of urgent food, nutrition, and livelihood assistance. The Global Report on Food Crises (GRFC) focusses on food crises where the local capacities to respond are insufficient, prompting a request for the urgent mobilization of the international community, as well as countries/ territories where there is ample evidence that the magnitude and severity of the food crisis exceed the local resources and capacities needed to respond effectively. It provides estimates for populations in countries/territories where data are available based on the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) and Cadre Harmonisé (CH) or comparable sources.
AT LEAST 155 MILLION PEOPLE IN 55 COUNTRIES/TERRITORIES WERE IN CRISIS OR WORSE IN 2020, AN INCREASE OF AROUND 20 MILLION PEOPLE FROM 2019.
The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021
Among the 39 countries/ territories included in the GRFC since 2016, the number of people in Crisis or worse or equivalent has increased from 94 million to 147 million people, reflecting worsening levels and wider geographical coverage.
HUNGER NOT JUST SOMEONE ELSES PROBLEM
HUNGER IN THE USA
USA Information from Feeding America with kind permission from Second Harvest of East TN.
FEED AMERICA PROGRAM VIDEO
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, 42 million people may face hunger in the U.S. — including more than 13 million children. Hunger knows no boundaries — it touches every community in the U.S., including your own.
CHILD HUNGER IN THE USA
Hunger deprives our kids of more than just food
It’s a simple fact: A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough food to eat today. But this year, due in part to the coronavirus pandemic, 13 million children - 1 in every 6 kids - may not know where they will get their next meal.
What happens when a child doesn’t have enough to eat?
Children who don’t get enough to eat, especially during their first three years begin life at a serious disadvantage. Children facing hunger are more likely to be hospitalized and they face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma. And as they grow up, kids who missed meals are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations.
1. Hungry Children may have to repeat a grade in school
2. Hungry Children may develop slower especially in the areas of language and large and small motor skills
3. Hungry Children may experience more social and behavioral issues
REAL STORIES OF HUNGER IN THE USA: ZOEY
HUNGER IN OUR HOME STATE OF TENNESSEE
905,090 people experience hunger in Tennessee, 267,000+ are children. Children who experience food insecurity are more likely to face developmental and social challenges at a young age.
THE LORD’S CHILD VISION TO HELP SOLVE THE FOOD CRISIS
When someone is hungry, it’s an opportunity for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Lack of food is a struggle that can be seen every day across the world, as well as in our own backyard. The LORD’s Child exists to help end hunger wherever we are in the name of Jesus. We believe WE CAN END HUNGER one person at a time. Whether it’s with one of our partners in Africa or right here in the Appalachian Mountains, our team wakes up every day eager to love the communities God has placed us in.