5 Ways You Can Help People Around The World Experiencing Hunger

June 6 is National Hunger Day.

For many, hunger's nothing more than a rumbling stomach as lunchtime approaches. But, according to Mercy Corps, approximately 842 million people suffer from hunger worldwide — almost 12 percent of the world's population of 7.1 billion people — with 98 percent of the world's hungry living in developing countries. If our society were to alter its habits, however, we might be able to feed those mouths that long for sustenance each day. On this National Hunger Awareness Day, here are five ways we can all aid the impoverished communities around the world as we work to feed their stomachs and nourish our collective soul:


1. Organize a meal packaging event.

International hunger relief organization Rise Against Hunger suggests that those who wish to help end world hunger should partner with their business, school, faith organization, team, or civic club to organize a meal packaging event, much like The Hershey Company's "I'm Giving Back" campaign (above). By rallying around this pressing humanitarian issue, groups have the collective power to make an impact on communities at home and around the world.

2. Embrace local and global clean water initiatives.

Communities cannot survive without access to clean water, as contaminated sources can cause the spread of disease and death. Whether you are looking to help local communities, such as Flint, Michigan, as they work to provide residents with safe drinking water, or global communities, such as sub-Saharan Africa, where women and girls spend hours each day fetching dirty water, all efforts ultimately help to end the cycle of poverty that continues to hinder children's futures in these struggling areas.

3. Support sustainable agriculture projects.

It's no secret that our current food production methods aren't sustainable in the long term. However, organizations like Heifer International aim to help those in impoverished nations learn to create their own steady food supply so they no longer have to rely upon foreign aid to alleviate hunger. By embracing the "teach a man to fish" adage, the organization teaches people how to use environmentally-friendly farming methods, create and operate businesses, and support their communities effectively.

4. Empower women restricted by traditional gender roles.

As Global Citizen notes, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that if women had the same access to productive resources as men, the total agricultural output in developing countries would increase by up to four percent and reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12–17 percent, thereby affecting up to 150 million people. By helping to educate women and provide them with the necessary resources, we can help the hungry help themselves.

5. Aid communities recovering from natural disasters.

When natural disasters strike, all bets are off. Even developed nations must grapple with strained resources. For those living in impoverished countries that already face food shortages and hunger daily, said natural disasters only exacerbate the problem, often destroying existing food supplies and future harvests, thereby increasing the likelihood of widespread malnutrition and starvation. To help, volunteer time or donate money to organizations, such as the American Red Cross, to help alleviate strain.

Cover image via Chinh Le Duc on Unsplash


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