World Food Day

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Today is World Food Day and we have good news to report — there are fewer underweight children in developing countries: a major improvement in the last decade. But today, there are an estimated 925 million hungry people in the world.1 Rising food prices and natural disasters have hit the most vulnerable around the world. Drought, floods and other catastrophes have devastated crops and livestock — putting lives at risk. Progress isn’t coming fast enough for those who need it the most.

Save the Children fights child hunger around the world — along with striving to help children overcome despair, violence and illness. With your help we can carry out our worldwide mission to create lasting change in the lives of children in need. Some need food, medicine or books — other in need of hope for a brighter tomorrow.

How We Help Feed Hungry Children

Children are more likely to be healthy and educated when their families are not worried about where the next meal will come from. That's why our experts help reduce hunger today and help families feed their children in the future.

  • We provide basic food staples to families following a natural disaster or emergency.
  • We teach parents about the importance of providing their children with the right variety of foods to prevent malnutrition.
  • We train small-scale farmers on how to prevent the loss of crops or livestock due to drought, floods or disease.
  • We guide family farmers on how to grow more nutritious foods, in larger quantities to eat or to sell, and how to raise animals for meat, eggs or milk.

Learn more about our Hunger and Livelihoods programs


1. Source: Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations

Last Updated October 2015
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